Public Events

Moonday Monday

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Monday February 15, from 7-9pm

Attention Moon lovers and Luna-tics!  This is one program you cannot miss. 

The Cincinnati Observatory will show you the Moon: phases, features, eclipses, rocks, missions, myths, and green cheese.  Moon-day Monday includes talks and tours by local Moon experts.  Then, the Moon will hit your eye like a big pizza pie when you look through our historic telescope (weather permitting). 

         Admission:  $5/person

No reservations required. 
For further information, please call 513-321-5186.

African Skies

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday February 17, from 7-9pm

Celebrate Black History Month by learning about the star myths and legends originating from all over the African continent.  Beyond the unique and vivid tales, we will see the stars from their perspective (or latitude). 

Led by astronomer and co-host of PBS’ Star Gazers, Dean Regas, the program includes views of the stars from Egypt, Kenya, and South Africa where we will explore stars not viewable from Cincinnati. 

Following the class, we will view the Moon and the beautiful Orion Nebula through our historic telescope (weather permitting). 

Great for all ages. 

Cost:   $15 per person
            $12 for Observatory members

To register for 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!     

Wednesday February 17:     African Skies (7-9pm)
             Star lore from around the African continent

Tuesday March 8:             Astronomy Software and Apps  (7-9pm)
             Learn how to use free sky simulation programs like Stellarium and Mitaka

Tuesday April 12:            Transit of Mercury  (8-10pm)
             Prepare for this rare alignment of the Sun and Mercury

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.


Saturday February 27

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 showing you around the universe at behind the scenes at the Observatory.

Admission is $20 per person
Space is limited.  Call 513-321-5186 for more information.

Sorry-Sold Out!

Intro to Astronomy

A short course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesdays April 13, 20, and 27 from 8-10pm

Resolve to learn more astronomy in 2016.  This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.

Led by astronomer and co-host of PBS’ Star Gazer, Dean Regas, this course will show you the stars. You will learn how to identify stars, constellations, and planets as well as viewing tips for the Moon. Each night includes viewing through the historic telescopes.

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

Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186 For more information.

The Horesehead Nebula

Remote Imaging Astrophotography Workshop

April 15, 16 & 17 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).


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.

Feb. 15:         Moonday Monday

March 12:      Jupiter Night

April 15-17      Astrophotography Workshop

April 16:         Jupiter, Mercury, Pre-Transit Party

May 9:            Transit of Mercury

May 14:          Mars Midnight Madness

June 11:         Marsapalooza

June 18:         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