Public Events

WCPO meteorologist Sherry Hughes

Women of Wonder

Saturday April 30, 2016
At the Cincinnati Observatory

Students of Northern Kentucky University's Public History program have teamed up with the Cincinnati Observatory and Scripps-Howard Center for Civic Engagement to create an event to celebrate women's contributions to STEM, and to inspire young women ages 11 to 13 to get involved in the sciences.

Come out for a day of fun, free science activities and programs!

Meet local STEM super stars, and learn about astronomy, chemistry, meteorology, biology, engineering, zoology, and much more!

Free and open to students of all ages, families, teachers - everyone!
No reservations needed.

More Information and Download the WOW Flyer.


Monday May 9, from 7am-3pm

On May 9, 2016 the planet Mercury will cross in front of the Sun.  It will look like a tiny black dot on the huge solar disc – like a super-tiny eclipse.  This rare and subtle event is visible only 13 times each century and we want you to see it all.

The Observatory will be open for Transit Viewing from 7am-3pm on May 9th.  Play hooky from work or take a long lunch because weather permitting, we will share safe ways to look at the Sun and Mercury.  

No reservations are required.
Admission is $5/suggested donation.
For more information on this hot event, please see: Transit of Mercury


(With Mars)

Saturday May 14 and 21 from 10:30pm-Midnight

Spend a late night under a blanket of twinkling stars and a very Red Planet.  Late Nights at the Cincinnati Observatory are the hottest romantic tickets in town, and at these you can stay up past midnight to catch the first close-up glimpses of Mars for the year.

You'll get to use the historic, 1845 telescope to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night.  There’s nothing better than seeing Mars at Midnight!  If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun showing you around the universe and behind the scenes at the Observatory.  Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

Admission is $20 per person
Space is limited.
Sign Up Online

Call 513-321-5186 for more info.

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 May 17:              Our Marvelous Moon  (8-10pm)
             Explore our closest neighbor in space

Tuesday June 14:            The Sun  (7-9pm)
             Learn about (and safely see) our local star  

Astronomer Dean Regas leads these classes and will also be your guide to the fall stars and constellations 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.

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.

May 9:            Transit of Mercury

May 21:          Late Night, Date Night (Mars Edition)

June 11:         Marsapalooza

June 25:         Celestial Wine Tasting 

June 26:        Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 9:            Saturnday

July 20:         Grandparents' Night

July 24:          Sunday Sun-day Sundae

Aug. 13:        Starlit Picnic

Sept. 10:        ScopeOut

Sept. 24:       Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct. 15:          Supermoon!

Nov. 5:           Meet a Meteorite

Dec. 2:           Venus Day

The Horesehead Nebula

Remote Imaging Astrophotography Workshop

August 5, 6, and 7, 2016

Astrophotography in Cincinnati can be challenging. Severe light pollution, frequent cloudy nights, high humidity and smog conspire to limit the opportunities to obtain excellent images. Remote imaging allows access to clear dark skies and excellent astrophotography equipment, in many locations including Northern and Southern Hemisphere sites.

But how does it all work? The Cincinnati Observatory Center's 2016 Remote Imaging Astrophotography Workshops will provide you the opportunity to learn how remote imaging works, how you collect imaging data and how to turn that data into fantastic images of our universe all from your living room computer.

The cost for the workshop is $100.00 for Observatory members or $165.00 for non-member. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and we need at least 10 participants for each workshop to take place, so please Sign-Up early.

For more information,the agenda and software requirements download the syllabus (pdf).