Public Events

Sunday Sun-day Sundae

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday August 9 from 1-4pm

Our final Sun-event of the summer.  Sun-day Sunday Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from our historic telescope (weather permitting).

As a special treat we will also have free sundaes for those in attendance. 

No reservations needed. 
Admission: $7/person

 For more information please call 513-321-5186

Eclipse Chasing

Beginner Class at the Cincinnati Observatory
August 11 from 8-10pm

To successfully observe an eclipse, you have to be in the right place at the right time.  Some people have made it their mission to travel the world just to witness these rare celestial events.  Eclipse chasing can be both a vocation and a vacation.

Astronomer Dean Regas will share his eclipse chasing adventures and show pictures of these greatest astronomical events.  Weather permitting, you will get a chance to view Saturn through the historic 1845 telescope.  Great for beginners.

Cost:   $15 per person
            $12 for Observatory members

To register for call 513-321-5186.


At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday August 29, 7-10pm

There are few places in the Tri-state as picturesque for a picnic as the Cincinnati Observatory.  You’re invited to dine outdoors with us and take in a sunset, listen to live, heavenly music as the full Moon rises, and then have dessert under the stars. 

This is a romantic picnic like no other. 

Bring your blankets, food and drinks, and if the weather is clear, we’ll show you the stars through our historic telescopes.  You provide the food, we’ll provide the celestial atmosphere.

Tickets:  $30 per person (which benefits the Cincinnati Observatory’s education programs)

For ages 21 and up.
Reservations are required. RSVP at 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

ScopeOut Science & Education Fair

Saturday September 12  Noon to 10pm

Our all day (and all night) celebration of Astronomy, Science and Education. This year we celebrate the International Year of Light, Jules Verne, the 100th anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, 25 years of the Hubble Space telescope and more!

Keynote speaker Dr. Bob O'Dell, Chair of the Space Telescope Institute Council oversight committee.
"25 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope".

Talks, science demonstrations and hands-on activities, safe sun viewing, STEM. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics), Environmental Education and History exhibitors. And more than a few surprises too.

$7 Adults, $5 Kids
Optional Dinner and Keynote Presentation $25 per person. Reservations Required

More Information and Registration