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2018 Day at Dyer

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Vanderbilt University has a long and respected tradition of astronomy. Vanderbilt University’s first Chancellor, Landon Garland, was a professor of Physics and Astronomy, and many of the university’s original 1875 astronomical instruments and artifacts are housed at Dyer. 

Employee Appreciation invited employees to enjoy an afternoon at Dyer Observatory and to enjoy science, technology, engineering, math, and astronomy. Dyer team members brought physics experiments and solar telescopes to University employees and their families. Employee Appreciation provided snacks and beverages for aspiring astronomers.

Dyer Observatory has four telescope installations, three of which are mounted in domes on top of the observatory and are still actively used for observation. Observe the Sun through solar glasses as well as our hydrogen-alpha solar telescope to see the solar chromosphere, sunspots, prominences, and filaments. Visit Dyer Observatory’s land sculpture The Star Chamber, a walk-in camera obscura (pinhole camera). 

Special Events

  • 1pm - Owl Encounter
  • 2pm - Liquid Nitrogen Ice-cream
  • 3pm - Meet Galileo
  • Snacks and Beverages



  • Observatory Tour
  • Star Chamber Tour
  • Solar Telescope
  • Star Wheels
  • UFO Bounce House







The Day at Dyer event hosted special events and fun activities for both adults and children.

Employees were encouraged to speak with their manager about utilizing the summer flex schedule or use a

PTO day to attend the event. This event was free to all University employees and their families.



To see photos from the event, visit our Employee Appreciation event gallery.