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Unless otherwise noted, reservations are required for all programs.

For Astro Thursday and Friday programs you may Register Online or by clicking the link at the bottom of the event description. Or to register, call 513-321-5186 or email the Observatory.

Reservations are not guaranteed until they are confirmed by the Observatory. For additional information on Observatory programs, click the Education Programs or Public Events tabs above.

The Observatory offers many "Members Only" programs.  For Membership information call 513-321-5186 or Join Online

For additional information on Observatory programs, click here.

Free public stargazes at Ohio's Stonelick Lake State Park
School Field Trips, Scout and other Outreach Education programs.
Directions to the Observatory.  


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Sat - Feb 01
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com

Tue - Feb 04
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Stargazing 101
Constellations change in the heavens from season to season. In this class you will study the imaginative figures we call constellations.
Learn to use a planisphere to find any constellation at any given time and date.
If the weather is clear, we will go outside to find many of the brighter constellations; and you will also have the option of looking through the observatory telescope.

Dean Regas is the outreach teacher with the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

$22 per person
Plus optional $3.00 material fee

Enrollment is easy
Just a quick phone call (513-556-6932)
Or a few mouse clicks away
webapps.uc.edu

Thu - Feb 06
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Friends of the Observatory Monthly Meeting
Enjoy one of the most exciting learning opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Become a member and help us maintain an important part of Cincinnati's and the nation's scientific and architectural heritage. Astronomy presentations, news and telescope viewing for members of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Join Today!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Feb 07
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry - SOLD OUT!

Join us Saturday Feb 15th for Galileo's Birthday!
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Feb 08
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Caroline Herschel: An Astronomical Life
Dr. Barbara Ryden of Ohio State University looks at role of women in early days of “modern” astronomical exploration and how she became interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) career.

Free, no reservations needed.

Note Change of Venue. This presentation was originally scheduled to be held at the Cincinnati Astronomical Society.
www.cinastro.org

Sun - Feb 09
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Thu - Feb 13
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Please join us Saturday Feb 15 to celebrate Galileo's 450th Birthday!

Fri - Feb 14
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Valentine's Night
SORRY - SOLD OUT!

There is nothing more romantic than the night sky. Starry-eyed lovers have been gazing upward in wonder for millennia. So this year give your Valentine a true, out-of-this-world experience at the Cincinnati Observatory high atop Mt. Lookout.

On Valentine's night, the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" will offer music, drinks, chocolate, flowers and viewing of the Moon and Jupiter through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)

Astronomer and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers, Dean Regas, will share stories about red stars of passion in the winter sky and there will be tours of the buildings.

This is your opportunity to "wish upon a star" and perhaps cuddle a bit beneath the Cincinnati Observatory's silvery domes.

$50 per couple.
Payment required at time of reservations.

For more info call 513-321-5186

Sat - Feb 15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Galileo's 450th Birthday Party
Galileo was born February 15, 1564.
So for his 450th birthday we have something special planned.

This program combines history and science to showcase not only his astronomical achievements with the telescope but also his greatest experiments. That's right, we'll be dropping things off the side of the building (to examine the force of gravity).

Viewing of Jupiter and the Galilean Moons through the historic 1843 telescope is included (weather permitting).

Admission is $7 per person
No reservations required
Great for all ages
For more info, call 513-321-5186.

Mon - Feb 17
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Behind the Scenes at the Observatory
Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future.

John Ventre is the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center

Presented by UC Communiversity.
$22.00
To register call UC at 513-556-6932 or go online: webapps.uc.edu

Wed - Feb 19
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Written in the Stars: Cavalli's La Calisto
Opera and Astronomy Talk on Cavalli's La Calisto
At First Lutheran Church

Join Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas and special guest Dean Regas, Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory, as they discuss the astronomy, myth, and music of Francesco Cavalli's Baroque-era comedy. Following the talk, the discussion will move to Washington Park for a special viewing of Jupiter (weather permitting).

First Lutheran Church in Over the Rhine
1208 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Reservations required:
Call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

Thu - Feb 20
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Feb 21
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!
Fri - Feb 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Dance of the Gods: Motions of the Planets
For thousands of years our ancestors believed that our Earth was the immovable center of the Universe.

The apparent motions of the five naked-eye "wandering stars" (planets) presented a great challenge to anyone attempting to explain their changing locations in the night sky. Not until the European Renaissance did we finally glimpse the true nature of the motions of the planets and realize for the first time Earth's place in the solar system. Travel with us through history to investigate the model of Ptolemy and how scientists who came more than a thousand years later deciphered nature's clues to the understanding of the complex motions of the planets.

We will discuss ideas and observations of Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler and Galileo and how these great scientists solved the mystery of "The Dance of the Gods." Weather permitting, telescope viewing with the 1845 telescope will be part of the evening's activities.

Terry Flesch is an astronomer and a presenter at the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

A UC Communiversity Course.
$22 per person.
Call 556-6932 to register.
webapps.uc.edu

Sat - Feb 22
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com

Thu - Feb 27
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Feb 28
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!
Sat - Mar 01
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com

Mon - Mar 03
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Dean's Astronomy Class For Members
An observational astronomy class for Observatory members college age and higher.
Ideal for new stargazers!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Thu - Mar 06
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Mar 07
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Space remains for Thursday March 6th at 8pm

Sat - Mar 08
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  International Sidewalk Astronomy Night
"Have telescope, will travel." The motto of the Sidewalk Astronomer

We are bringing the Observatory to a sidewalk near you!

The Cincinnati Observatory is the local sponsor of the world-wide event in which astronomers set up their telescopes in public places to view the Magnificent Moon. Even in the heart of the city, you will be able to see the craters of the Moon like you've never seen them before. If you see a telescope, make sure to say, 'Hi.'

If it is clear, look through a telescope at:
Fountain Square (Downtown Cincinnati)
Newport on the Levee (Newport, KY)
The Cincinnati Observatory Center
Hyde Park Graeters

We'll be adding more sites to the list as we get closer to March 8.

Free and great for all ages!

If you have any questions about the event or would like to set up a scope or volunteer with us, please call Dean at 513-321-5186.

Sun - Mar 09
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Mon - Mar 10
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Friends of the Observatory Monthly Meeting
Enjoy one of the most exciting learning opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Become a member and help us maintain an important part of Cincinnati's and the nation's scientific and architectural heritage. Astronomy presentations, news and telescope viewing for members of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Join Today!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Thu - Mar 13
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Mar 14
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

We currently have spots open for Thursday March 20 & Friday March 21.

Thu - Mar 20
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astrophotography Workshop
Interested in learning how astronomers take those amazing images of the heavens?
Interested in taking those pictures yourself?

This monthly course will teach you the tricks of the trade, help you get the most out of the equipment you already have, and point you toward the best upgrades. You might find your images in a future Observatory calendar.

3rd Thursdays February - November
You do not need to attend each class.

Free for Cincinnati Observatory members.
$10 per class for non-members.
Space is limited.

If you have questions or would like to register, please call us 513-321-5186.

Thu - Mar 20
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Mar 21
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-Sold Out

Come visit us this Sunday March 23 from 1-4pm to celebrate Spring! Free, No reservations needed.

Sun - Mar 23
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Telling Time With the Sun
We hope you can join us for the 5th anniversary of the dedication of the Paul Nohr Memorial Sundial. The Sundial has been a tremendous addition to our campus and our education programming! In the past 5 years thousands of K-12 students and visitors have explored the sundial.

Paul was a master at using a sundial to teach about our nearest star; the motion of the earth in our solar system; telling time; the reason for the seasons and more. We're sure he would have loved to had the Sundial as a teaching tool.

The afternoon will feature tours of the observatory Paul was so dedicated to, solar viewing and Sundial demonstrations (weather permitting) and remembrances.

Free, no reservations needed. Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm.

Fri - Mar 28
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT.

If clear, there will be a free public stargazing at Stonelick State Park this Saturday.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Mar 29
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com

Thu - Apr 03
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT.

Mars is coming to the Observatory April 10-11-12th!
And a total Lunar Eclipse early Tuesday morning April 15th!

Fri - Apr 04
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  FOTOKids & FOTOTeens Youth Astronomy Club
A benefit of Family Memberships and above.

Monthly astronomy clubs for kids 6-9 and 10-15+ years of age (and their parents!) who have a deeper interest in astronomy and are available to attend regular monthly evening meetings.
Both clubs meet simultaneously; meeting times change with the seasons.
For more information, contact Dean Regas (FOTO-Teens) or Leo Sack (FOTO-Kids) at 513-321-5186.

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Apr 04
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sat - Apr 05
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com

Thu - Apr 10
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  MARSAPALOOZA
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Join us Saturday when no reservations are needed.

Mars will still be in the night sky for a couple of months and will be a telescope target for our weekly Astro Thursday & Astro Friday evenings.

Fri - Apr 11
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  MARSAPALOOZA
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Join us Saturday when no reservations are needed.

Mars will still be in the night sky for a couple of months and will be a telescope target for our weekly Astro Thursday & Astro Friday evenings.

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Sat - Apr 12
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  MARSAPALOOZA
Join us Saturday when no reservations are needed.

The Red Planet is back. Mars, always a crowd favorite, will be the featured planet for a viewing extravaganza called Marsapalooza.

The Cincinnati Observatory will open its doors and telescopes to the public while Mars is at its closest for the year. There will be Q&A about Mars, tours of our amazing buildings and history, and viewing through the two vintage 1843 telescope (weather permitting). We'll have tips on how to observe the upcoming April 15 lunar eclipse too.

Cost: $7 per person.

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Sun - Apr 13
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Sun - Apr 13
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  First Light Night
Celebrating the first time the Great Cincinnati Telescope was turned toward the night sky.

Cincinnati is home to the nation's first public astronomical observatory. When installed in 1843 it was home to the world's second largest telescope.

Enjoy the fascinating story with its unique cast of characters who put Cincinnati on the astronomical map.

Tours
Telescope Viewing (if clear)
Astronomical Q&A

Ideal for all ages.
$7 Adults per person.

No reservations required.

On April 14, 1845, in the gray of a lingering twilight, Mitchel took his first look through the great Cincinnati Equatorial Refracting Telescope. He saw the Moon, "her mountain heights, her rocky precipices and her dells", Jupiter, "globe of surpassing splendor", the Saturnian system, "the mind over whelmed in wonder and astonishment."

Mon - Apr 14
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Friends of the Observatory Monthly Meeting
Enjoy one of the most exciting learning opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Become a member and help us maintain an important part of Cincinnati's and the nation's scientific and architectural heritage. Astronomy presentations, news and telescope viewing for members of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Join Today!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Tue - Apr 15
2:00 AM - 5:30 AM
  Total Lunar Eclipse
You're invited to witness one of the most exciting astronomical events! On Tax Day morning the Earth, Moon, and Sun will align and bring you a total lunar eclipse visible from anywhere in the Tri-state.

Now, you'll have to stay up late for this one (or get up really early).

The eclipse begins at 2 AM when the curved shadow of the Earth begins to noticeably creep across the Full Moon. During totality (from about 3-4:30 AM) the Moon will turn an eerie shade of orange. The final piece of the shadow will leave the Moon around 5:30 AM.

Drop by the Cincinnati Observatory anytime between 2-5:30 AM to share the excitement.
Viewing of the Moon, Mars, and Saturn through the Observatory telescopes will be included.

No reservations required.
$5 suggested donation.
The program runs only if clear.

Bring your camera, telephoto zoom lens and tripod too!
Interested in astrophotography? Check our calendar for the ongoing workshop!

For more info on this extra special event, please call 513-321-5186.

Wed - Apr 16
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Intro to Astronomy: A 3 Night Course
Have you always wanted to learn more astronomy?
Are you a total beginner?
This is the perfect short-course for you.

We will discuss the new and improved Solar System, Moon phases and features as well as identify major stars, constellations and planets. Plus we will show you how to get the most out of your binoculars and telescopes.

You'll soon be able to read the sky like a pro!

Cost: $50 for the series
$40 for Observatory Members

Reservations are required - space is limited
Call Dean Regas at: 513-321-518

Thu - Apr 17
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astrophotography Workshop
Interested in learning how astronomers take those amazing images of the heavens?
Interested in taking those pictures yourself?

This monthly course will teach you the tricks of the trade, help you get the most out of the equipment you already have, and point you toward the best upgrades. You might find your images in a future Observatory calendar.

3rd Thursdays February - November
You do not need to attend each class.

Free for Cincinnati Observatory members.
$10 per class for non-members.
Space is limited.

If you have questions or would like to register, please call us 513-321-5186.

Thu - Apr 17
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry - SOLD OUT!
Fri - Apr 18
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Apr 18
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  Late Night at the Observatory
Can't sleep? Looking for a unique Friday night out?

Come see what the Observatory is like after hours - long after the “early crowd” has gone home. You'll get to use the oldest big telescope in the U.S. to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night (weather permitting). Get a sneak preview of the next season's planets and stars a month or two ahead of everyone else. Plus, zoom in on a late-rising moon, or watch the whole sky for a meteor shower or satellite passes. Each night is different and special!

These programs are recommended for adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll still have fun with other activities and “adult” constellation mythology stories that we can't share with family audiences.

Admission is $10 per person

To make reservations please call 513-321-5186.
Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sat - Apr 19
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Cub Scout Pin Program
$7 per person

More details to follow or call 513-321-5186.

Mon - Apr 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Behind the Scenes @ the Observatory
Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843.

Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future.

Craig Niemi is Director of the Cincinnati Observatory. He and Valerie are longtime volunteers also.

A UC Communiversity Course

$22.00 per person.
For college age and above life-long learners

Enrollment is easy
Just a quick phone call (513-556-6932)
Or a few mouse clicks away
www.uc.edu

Wed - Apr 23
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Intro to Astronomy: A 3 Night Course
Have you always wanted to learn more astronomy?
Are you a total beginner?
This is the perfect short-course for you.

We will discuss the new and improved Solar System, Moon phases and features as well as identify major stars, constellations and planets. Plus we will show you how to get the most out of your binoculars and telescopes.

You'll soon be able to read the sky like a pro!

Cost: $50 for the series
$40 for Observatory Members

Reservations are required - space is limited
Call Dean Regas at: 513-321-518

Fri - Apr 25
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
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Sat - Apr 26
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com

Sun - Apr 27
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Wed - Apr 30
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Intro to Astronomy: A 3 Night Course
Have you always wanted to learn more astronomy?
Are you a total beginner?
This is the perfect short-course for you.

We will discuss the new and improved Solar System, Moon phases and features as well as identify major stars, constellations and planets. Plus we will show you how to get the most out of your binoculars and telescopes.

You'll soon be able to read the sky like a pro!

Cost: $50 for the series
$40 for Observatory Members

Reservations are required - space is limited
Call Dean Regas at: 513-321-518

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