Public Events

Topics in Astronomy

Classes At the Cincinnati Observatory, 7-9pm

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

Tuesday December 8:     The Winter Sky
             Identifying stars and constellations

Wednesday January 13:       All About Orion
             His stars, stories, and newest discoveries

Tuesday February 16:     African Skies
             Star lore from around the African continent

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

To register Call 513-321-5186.


Night Lights at the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday December 13, from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for the 40th year of this Mount Lookout tradition.  As the neighborhood lights up the streets, the Cincinnati Observatory will open its buildings and telescopes for the general public.  Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, our spacey gift shop, and hot drinks. 

Viewing through the historic telescopes is included (weather permitting). 

Perfect for all ages.

 Cost: Free

No reservations required. 

For more information call 513-321-5186.


At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturdays December 19 and January 16
From 10:30pm-midnight

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 $15 per person

Space is limited, call 513-321-5186 or  Sign Up Online

Intro to Astronomy

A short course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Tuesdays January 5, 12, and 19 from 7-9pm

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

To register, please call 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online!

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. 13:        Valentine's Night

Feb. 15:         Moonday Monday

March 12:      Jupiter Night

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