Public Events


Around the Ault Park Pavilion
Saturday morning April 4 from 5:30-7:30am

The Sun, Earth, and Moon will align for the third time in less than a year.

From Cincinnati you can only see part of the Moon blocked by the Earth’s shadow that Saturday morning, but a partial lunar eclipse is an incredibly breathtaking sight. 

Cincinnati Observatory members will set up telescopes at Ault Park near the Pavilion to view the lunar eclipse and share close-up views of Saturn.

The program runs only under clear skies. 

Timeline:                5:30am Guests begin arriving
                               6:15am Eclipse begins
                               7:22am Moon sets still in eclipse

Free and open to the public. For more information, please call 513-321-5186.

First Light Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday April  12

First Light is a significant event for astronomers, being the first time they view through their new telescope.For our founder, Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel, that was April 14, 1845.

Tonight we celebrate 170 years as the Birthplace of American Astronomy!

Guest speaker is architect Paul Muller, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA)
"Scientific Innovations in Cincinnati: The Historic Buildings That Housed Them"
Cincinnati was a hub of scientific innovation it the nineteen and early twentieth century. From Daniel Drake’s Medical College of Ohio and Children’s Hospital, to the Cincinnati Observatory, Cincinnatian’s were leading the nation by creating new institutions that advanced science and the welfare of the public. The historic buildings which supported these institutions are a record that teaches their history like no other method can duplicate.

Paul's presentation will be followed with guided tours of our two National Landmark observatories, astronomy Q&A and telescope viewing (weather permitting).

Reservations Required:
$10 per person
$5 for Observatory, CPA & MHS members. Sign Up Online!

Crash of the Titans: When Galaxies Collide

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday April 19  7pm

What will happen to our Milky Way Galaxy when it inevitably crashes into the titanic Andromeda galaxy?  Come along to find out!   No need to worry about this cosmic disaster during our lifetimes, though, as the head-on collision will occur in 4 billion years!
Hopefully in that time we can come up with a name for the final galaxy system more interesting than Milkdromeda or Andromilky.
Bring your suggestions or submit them on twitter @astropixie!

Dr. Amanda Bauer is an Astronomer and Outreach Officer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory. She graduated University of Cincinnati, Physics in 2002.

Reservations required.  Seating is Limited. Donations welcomed.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
Make your reservation online!

25 Years of the Hubble Telescope

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday April 25, from 8-10pm

The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 this year.  Its stunning views of stars, galaxies, and nebulae have revolutionized astronomy and wowed the public.  Hubble may go down as one of the greatest scientific instruments of this century. 

Learn about this incredible telescope and see Hubble’s Greatest Hits – the best pictures of the cosmos taken over the past 25 years.  Then, weather permitting, look through the Cincinnati Observatory’s telescopes at Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and more.

Admission:     $7 per person, $5 for Observatory members

No reservations are required.  Great for all ages.For more info please call 513-321-5186.

The Heart Nebula


At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday April 25 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.

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 $15 per person

Reservations are required.  Space is limited.

To RSVP call 513-321-5186 or sign up online right here