The Birthplace of American Astronomy

See through the oldest public telescope in the country.

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Welcome to the
Cincinnati
Observatory

 

We are a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, scouts and history buffs. We offer public astronomy programs and stargazing every Thursday & Friday evening and dozens of special events throughout the year.

 

 

A National Historic Landmark

 

When you explore the beautiful buildings and see through the large, historic telescopes, you'll step back in time and space. 


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STARLIT PICNIC

 

August 13 from 7-10pm

Our late-summer romantic event outside under the Sun, Moon, stars, and planets.

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Intro to Astro

 

Are you a beginner, looking to learn more astronomy?  This 3-night course is perfect!

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UC CubeCats are Heading to Space!

 

Saturday August 20th 6:30pm

Stop by and learn more about their projects!

Blast Off here

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Starlit Picnic
Intro to Astronomy
UC CubeCats Heading to Space!

Join Us

Join, donate, and volunteer to make the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" a vibrant center for education and wonder

Public Events

See "What's Up" at the Observatory.  Each season has a new planet, star cluster, or nebula to explore

School Programs

Plan a field trip, schedule an outreach visit to your classroom, or gather the scouts for an evening at the Observatory