Public Events


Thursday October 23
From 5-7pm

The Moon returns the shadowy favor from the lunar eclipse and will block out part of the Sun on the evening of October 23.   

WARNING: Looking at the Sun is dangerous!  It will damage your eyes unless you use safe, approved filters.  We have these filters and are excited to share views of the Sun with you during this rare event. 

Join us at the nearby Ault Park Pavilion for the best, safest views of the Sun that day.

Free. No reservations are required
For more information call us at 513-321-5186.

Also our colleagues at the Cincinnati Astronomical Society will be eclipse viewing at the Fernald Preserve in Hamilton and Huffman Park in Fairfield.

Meet a Meteorite

Saturday November 1
From 7-10pm

Like rocks?  Well, 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 available in the Observatory gift shop for sale.

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

No reservations required
Admission: $10/adult, $5/kid

Heart Nebula



Saturday November 15 and 29
From 10:30 pm-12:00 am

Can’t sleep? 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. 

For adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun with some of the crazy science experiments and show you around the Observatory.

Admission is $10 per person

Make your reservation online!

Or call 513-321-5186