View the stars for free at Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory’s Open Telescope Nights

Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory is free and open to the public March through November during monthly Open House Telescope Nights and Open House Days.

Open House Telescope Nights feature access to the Dyer Telescope when the weather is clear and an astronomer is on-hand to answer questions. If the weather is cloudy, the observatory will still be open for tours and an “ask an astronomer” session.

The Open House Telescope Nights are held from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Friday of every month and the second Thursday of the month during the summer. They are free of charge, but reservations are required at

Free telescope viewing nights:

April 9, May 14, June 10 & 11, July 8 & 9, Aug. 12 & 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12

Vanderbilt astronomy graduate students will also give free historical tours (Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory is on the National Register of Historic Places) and be available for astronomy questions on the second Friday of each month from10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No reservations are required for these tours.

Free open house/tour days:

April 9, May 14, June 10, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8 and Nov. 12

The observatory is located at 1000 Oman Drive, off Granny White Pike between Old Hickory Boulevard and Otter Creek Road, near Radnor Lake. For more information, visit

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