Public Events

Topics in Astronomy

Classes At the Cincinnati Observatory
Tuesdays September 15, October 13, and November 10, from 7-9pm

These fun and laid-back classes for beginners focus on a variety of topics and will surely keep you looking up!     

   September 15:   Spectacular Saturn

   October 13:        Pluto and other small stuff

   November 10:     Binocular Astronomy

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 (weather permitting).

   Cost per class:            $15 per person
                                       $12 for Observatory members

Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

From Cincinnati to the Moon

Celebrate the Writing of Jules Verne
Saturday October 24, from 7-9pm

Dust off your best period costume and come celebrate a sci-fi classic at the Cincinnati Observatory!

In From the Earth to the Moon, three men climb into a metal bullet and are shot around the Moon for a closer look at the lunar world.  This Jules Verne novel turns 150 this year and you can mark the occasion at your local 19th century observatory.    

The Cincinnati Observatory’s historic buildings make a perfect steam-punk back drop for this night under the Moon.  We will have short presentations about Verne’s writing as well as general science fiction topics.  Guests will also have the opportunity – weather permitting - to view the Moon through a telescope that was already 20 years old when Verne penned this celebrated novel.

Don’t forget – You’re invited to participate in our costume contest by donning your best period costume of sci-fi attire.

Cost:   $15/person
            $10/if you come in costume

 No reservations are required.  For more info please call, 513-321-5186.

Late Night – Date Night

Jules Verne Edition
Saturday October 24, 10:30pm-midnight

Your ultimate romantic night under the stars is back - and this time we’re incorporating a lunar anniversary.  We invite you and your sweetheart to step back in time and space with us for an out of this world event celebrating the Jules Verne sci-fi classic From the Earth to the Moon, which turns 150 this year.

Verne actually mentions the Cincinnati Observatory in two of his novels, so our historic buildings make a perfect backdrop for this enchanting evening. Guests will look through our historic telescope, which is 20 years older than Verne’s novel, and marvel at the magnificent Moon (weather permitting).

Cost:   $20/person (which benefits the Cincinnati Observatory’s youth outreach program)

Reservations are required.  Space is limited.

Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Meet a Meteorite

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday November 14, From 7-10pm

Like rocks?  These are Out-of-this-World.

The Cincinnati Observatory will gather 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 on sale in the Observatory gift shop

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

Admission: $10/adult, $5/student

No reservations required.  For more info, please call us at 513-321-5186.