Public Events

Late Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:30pm-Midnight

Want to check out the Observatory after-hours? Come to our Late Night at the Observatory! Normally called Late Night Date Night, we’re opening this popular event for everyone to check out a special program with our astronomer, Dean Regas.

Originally scheduled as a night for singles looking for love, we want to open this to all who want to be part of an insider’s look at the Observatory, but aren’t part of a couple. Come meet some fun people and learn more about this Historic National Landmark and, weather permitting, check out Jupiter through the oldest public telescope still in use in the Western Hemisphere. See you there!

Cost: $25/person

For ages 21 and up
To register, call (513) 321-5186. Space is limited! 
Or you can Sign Up Online

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!  

Tuesday March 21:              Preparing for the Eclipse      (8-10pm)
            Five months until the total solar eclipse.  We'll get you ready.

Tuesday April 11:                The Inner Solar System        (8-10pm)
            Learn about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Asteroids

Tuesday May 23:                  The Outer Solar System      (8-10pm)
            Travel farther from the Sun to see Jupiter and beyond

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.


Thursdays April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 8pm

In Norse mythology the god Thor was often associated with the planet Jupiter.  Since Jupiter is closest to Earth this April, we’re adding special viewing events on Thor’s day of the week – Thursday.    

Learn about the largest planet in the solar system and tour the Observatory.  Best of all, Thor’s Days include viewing of Jupiter through the telescopes (weather permitting).

For ages 7 and up.

Cost:   $5/ suggested donation

Space is limited.  Reservations are required by calling 513-321-5186.

First Light Night

172 Years of Astronomy at the Cincinnati Observatory
Friday April 14 from 8-10pm

On April 14, 1845, in the gray of a lingering twilight, Observatory founder Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel took his first look through the Great Cincinnati Telescope, the 3rd largest in the World.  He saw the Moon, "her mountain heights, her rocky precipices and her dells", Jupiter, "globe of surpassing splendor", the Saturnian system, "the mind over whelmed in wonder and astonishment." 

Learn the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".  Includes viewing through the 172 year old telescope (weather permitting).

No reservations are needed. All ages welcome.

Cost:    $5/person. Free for Observatory Members.

For further information, please call 513-321-5186.

Cosmic Kids

Family Classes
Saturdays April 15, and May 20  

-- SOLD OUT --

The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting classes for the entire family. Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary class which helps grades 1st-6th learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. This astronomy class is open to students with a curiosity about space, and their families. There will be safe solar viewing with the telescopes, tours of the buildings, and hands-on classroom activities to build confidence and knowledge in science.

Cosmic Kids will return with new programs on the third Saturday between July and November.

July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18.

9:30am-10:30am 1st- 3rd Grade Students
11:00am-12:00pm  4th- 6th Grade Students

Registration for those dates will be available starting in April.

Summer Camps

At the Cincinnati Observatory

We're partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center again to bring you some out-of-this-world summer camps. First:

From June 5-9 it's Space Adventure 
For grades K-1 and 2-6

Blast off into an awesome camp! Join the Cincinnati Observatory and the Cincinnati Museum Center as we look through telescopes, observe the mysteries of the universe and test our astronaut skills.

Then from June 12-16
For grades K-1 it's Galaxy Explorers

Travel to galaxies far away and discover the science and technology of living in space. Take a field trip to visit the special exhibit Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center. This camp is sure to be out of this world!

And also June12-16 for grades 2–3 and 4-6 we have LEGO: Movie Magic

Lights, camera, action! Join us as we discover how movies take us to galaxies far away! Learn how to make a storyboard, create a stop-motion animation movie with LEGO mini-figures and bricks and take a field trip to visit the special exhibit Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center.

For more info and to register please go to: Cincinnati Museum Center

2017 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events for 2017?
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.

Apr 6, 13, 20, and 27:         Thor's Days Thursdays (best month to see Jupiter)

Apr 14:          First Light Night (the Observatory's 172nd Anniversary)

May 6:           Jupiter Night

June 11:        Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 29:          Saturnday (best time to see Saturn)

Aug 5:            Saturnday 2 (just in case it's cloudy on July 29)

Aug 21:           Total Solar Eclipse (not in Cincinnati, however)

Sept 23:         ScopeOut/Great Outdoor Weekend

Dec 2:            Supermoon 2017