Public Events

Deaf Night

Monday November 27, from 6:30-8:30pm


The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting a special event for the Deaf Community on Monday, November 27 from 6:30 - 8:30.  This night of astronomy with American Sign Language is open to those who are D/deaf, hard of hearing and their families.  ASL students are welcome as well.  There will be a lecture, history tour, planet walk, constellation finding, and viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting).

Supermoon 2017

Saturday December 2, from 5-8pm

Not all Full Moons are created equal.  Some are closer to the Earth than others, and every 14 months we get a slightly larger Full Moon.  These Supermoons make the Moon appear 14% bigger in the sky than the smallest Moon.

Think you can tell the difference? Join us at the Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise above the eastern horizon at 5:00pm and see for yourself.

Supermoon includes tours of the two Observatory buildings and viewing through the telescopes of the Moon and stars (weather permitting).  Bring warm clothes, blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics and have a nice evening outside under the Moon.  We’ll also have a food truck from Urban Vistro.

Admission:    $5/adult,
                     Free for kids thanks to Cincinnati March for Science

No reservations needed.  Great for all ages. 
For more info call 513-321-5186.


Night Lights at the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday December 10, from 6:30-8:30pm

Join us for the 42nd 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 info call 513-321-5186 

Winter Astronomy Camp

December 18-22

In collaboration with the Cincinnati Museum Center we will be hosting winter camp December 18th-22nd for kids grade K-6th. Campers will look through telescopes, launch rockets, practice astronaut skills and explore the solar system. To register online please visit: Winter Camps with the Museum Center

Also campers have the option to register individual days so they each have a specific topic

Monday December 18: Telescopes
Tuesday December 19: Stars and Moons
Wednesday December 20: Planets
Thursday December 21: Living in Space
Friday December 22: Rockets!

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 513-321-5186.

Daytime Tours

Monday-Friday, Noon-4pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is now hosting weekday tours for those who visit during 12-4pm open hours at the National Historic Landmark, which is also the oldest public observatory in the country.

The tours are held at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm Monday-Friday, and will include both of the Observatory’s buildings and two main telescopes, including the Mitchel scope, the oldest public telescope still in use in this hemisphere. Weather permitting, there will also be the opportunity for safe solar viewing during the tours.

Admission: $5 per person. Proceeds will benefit the Observatory’s programs.

Call 513-321-5186 for more information, or you can Sign Up Online for a Specific Tour

Cosmic Kids

Classes for Kids Grades K-7

The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting classes for the entire family. Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary class which helps grades K-7 learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. 

Dates and Topics for Jan-May 2018:

January 20th 2018               Lunar Eclipse
February 17th 2018          Galileo            
March 17th 2018           Planet Models
April 21st 2018           Landing on Mars
May 19th 2018         Rockets!

K-1st and 2nd-3rd grade: 9am-10am         4th-5th and 6th-7th grade: 11am-12pm

Cost per class:           $8 for non-member children,  $3 for member children

Cost for the series:        $33 for non-member children,  $12 for member children  

For more details and to sign up, you can Register Online
Or you can call us at 513-321-5186.

Late Night Date Night

Saturday December 16
From 10:30 pm-Midnight

---SOLD OUT---

We will post more Late Nights soon

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.


Gift Shop

Out-of-this-World Gifts!

Just in time for the Holidays the Cincinnati Observatory's Gift Shop will be open throughout the season.

Before you buy that "toy store" telescope learn from the astronomers at the Cincinnati Observatory what to consider when purchasing a telescope for yourself, a friend or for your children.

The Observatory Gift Shop stocks a selection of Orion brand telescopes that our astronomers use.  From great starter scopes for kids to 8" scopes for serious amateur astronomers. Prices range from $110.00 to $399.00.
We have a special (while they last) on the Orion XT8 Classic Kit for only $399.

Also available: Meteorites, Books, Science Activity Kits, Star Charts, Gift Memberships for the Stargazer in your Family, Observatory Merchandise and more.

The Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday 12-4 and during our regularly scheduled Astro Thursday and Friday Night programs.

Join us for our Luminaria Night holiday event on Sunday December 10th, 6:30-8:30pm.
Open extra hours on Sunday 12/17 1-3pm and Wednesday 12/20 7-9pm.

Call 513-321-5186 for more information.

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!  

December 19, 7-9pm: Constellation Mythology
      Hear the stories of the stars from
      ancient Greece and around the world 

January 9,  7-9pm:  The Winter Sky
      Learn the stars and constellations of winter
      including Orion, Taurus, and more

February 6,  7-9pm: Through the Looking Glass
      See a slide show using historic glass plates
      from the Observatory collection

March 6,  7-9pm:  Change in Latitude
      Explore how the stars look from different
      places on Earth

Astronomer Dean Regas leads these classes and will also be your guide to the stars and planets of the season 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.

2017-2018 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events coming up?
Astronomers always look to the future, and if you're a planner too, add these events on your calendar.  Call us for details: 513-321-5186.

Dec 2:            Supermoon 2017

Dec 10:           Luminaria

Jan 20:          Cosmic Kids Returns

Jan 31:           Blue Moon Eclipse

Feb 14:          Valentine's Night

Mar 18:           Mercury-Venus-Moon Conjunction

Mar 31:          Blue Moon on a Saturday

Apr 14:           First Light Night

May 26:          Jupiter Night

July 21:          Saturnday

July 27 and 28:   Marsapalooza!