Public Events

Sit, Stay, Stargaze

Pet Adoption Event

Sunday October 2, from 1-4pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is partnering with several local animal adoption organizations and pet-based businesses for the first annual Sit, Stay, Stargaze event. On October 2 from 1-4, you will be able to meet local animals available for adoption from organizations including The League for Animal Welfare and Our Gang Rescue. The event is presented by Red Dog Resort and Spa.

Also in attendance will be several businesses who cater to pet needs, including Pet Wants and Strasse Dog, who is also sponsoring the event. Additionally, UCAN, who provide low-cost spay and neutering to dogs and cats will be on site and Stitching Sabbatical will be at the event taking orders for custom embroidered dog portraits.

There will also be an opportunity for individuals to tour the Observatory and safely view the Sun (weather permitting). Food provided by the Wurst Bar in the Square will be available as well! 

Admission: Free
No reservations needed.  All ages welcome.
For more info, please call (513) 321-5186.

Topics in Astronomy

Classes at the Cincinnati Observatory

These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up!     

Tuesday October 18:        Stars of the Fall Sky      (7pm)
            Learn how to identify the major stars and constellations of fall

Tuesday November 15:      Ancient Astronomy      (7pm)
            Go back to the beginning and explore how people measured the sky thousands of years ago

Wednesday December 14:      Reasons for the Seasons       (7pm)
            Winter is coming!  But why?  What's really going on is truly astronomical

Astronomer Dean Regas leads these classes and will also be your guide to the stars and planets of the season and point them out with you in the real sky with the Observatory telescopes (weather permitting).

   Cost per class:      $15 per person
                                   $12 for Observatory members

Sign Up Online or Call 513-321-5186.


Saturday October 15, from 6-9pm

Did you know that not all Full Moons are created equally?  Some are closer to the Earth than others, and every 14 months we get a slightly larger Full Moon.  These Supermoons make the Moon appear 14% bigger in the sky.

 Think you can tell the difference? Join us at the Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise above the eastern horizon at 7:03pm and see for yourself.

Supermoon includes tours of the two Observatory buildings and viewing through the telescopes of planets and stars (weather permitting).  

Cost:                $5 per person

No reservations needed.  Great for all ages.  Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics. 

For further information, please call 513-321-5186.

Deaf Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday November 2, from 6:30-8:30pm

For the first time, the Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting a special event for the Deaf Community.  This night of astronomy with American Sign Language is open to the D/deaf, hard of hearing, and their families.  There will be a lecture, history tour, planet walk, constellation finding, and viewing with the 1845 Mitchel telescope (weather permitting) .  ASL interpreters will be provided by the Hearing Speech Deaf Center of Cincinnati.

Admission is free, but reservations are required and space is limited.  

Reservations can be placed by Signing Up Online  or calling the Cincinnati Observatory (513) 321-5186. 

Suggested age is 11 and up.

2016 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events for 2016?
Astronomers always look to the future, and if you're a planner too, add these events on your calendar.

Sept. 24:       Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct. 2:           Sit, Stay, Stargaze - Pet Adoption Event

Oct. 15:          Supermoon!

Nov. 5:           Meet a Meteorite

Dec. 2:           Venus Day

Dec. 11:         Luminaria

We're getting ready for 2017 with more very special events.