Public Events

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.

Meet a Meteorite

Saturday November 5, from 7-10pm

Like rocks?  These are Out-of-this-World.

The Cincinnati Observatory will be gathering the best meteorite collections in the Tri-state for the public to explore.

  • See and hold rocks from outer space, including rocks from the Moon and Mars
  • Learn how meteorites are formed and collected
  • Discover how to distinguish meteorites from meteor-wrongs
  • Adopt a meteorite!  Meteorites will be on sale in the Observatory gift shop

We will also view the stars through our historic telescopes (weather permitting).

No reservations required. 
Admission: $10/adult, $5/kid
For more info 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 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.

Late Night, Date Night

Saturday November 19 or December 17 
From 10:30pm-Midnight

Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. 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.

If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun showing you around the universe at behind the scenes at the Observatory.

Admission is $25 per person

Space is limited.  Adults only.

To make reservations, SIGN UP ONLINE or call 513-321-5186.

Observatory Camp

December 19-23, from 9am-4pm

Looking for something astronomical for your kids to do during the first week of winter break?  Send them to Observatory Camp.  Through a partnership with the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Observatory is hosting five days of astronomical activities for kids grades 2-8.  You can sign up for 1-5 days by calling (513) 287-7001.  For prices and more details please see Cincinnati Museum Center

Monday, December 19

  • Telescopes: Travel to outer space with us without leaving Earth! Learn about the historic telescopes that are still in use today at the Cincinnati Observatory and find out more about new telescopes that let us see galaxies throughout our universe.

Tuesday, December 20

  • Stars and Moons: How many stars are in the universe? What did it take to put humans on the moon? Learn this and more as we look in and beyond our galaxy.  

Wednesday, December 21

  • Planets: There are eight magnificent planets in our solar system but what happened to our ninth planet? Could there be other planets to still discover? Find out as we explore our solar system!

Thursday, December 22

  • Living in Space: Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? Put your skills to the test as we explore what astronauts need to live and thrive in outer space.

Friday, December 23

  • Rockets: Three… Two… One… Blast off into an awesome time! Explore spacecraft technology and build your own rocket.

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.

Oct. 15:          Supermoon!

Nov. 5:           Meet a Meteorite

Dec. 2:           Venus Friday

Dec. 11:         Luminaria

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