Public Events

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

Tuesday June 13:                The Sun and the Summer Sky  (7-9pm)
             Tour the Sun and then learn the constellations of summer

Tuesday July 25:                  Preparing for the Eclipse       (7-9pm)
              Less than a month before the solar eclipse, we'll get you ready  

Tuesday August 8:               Exoplanets                              (8-10pm)
               Wild wonderful worlds around other stars like Trappist-1

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.

Celestial Sips

Beer Tasting at the Observatory
Saturday June 17, from 8:00-11:00pm

Celebrate the Summer Solstice by enjoying a cool beverage and (weather permitting) viewing starry skies. Celestial Sips, one of the Observatory’s most popular events, will this year feature beer and cider from Rhinegeist Brewery in addition to tours of our historic buildings and telescopes!

Each participant will receive a custom etched pint glass. There’ll also be a silent auction, photo booth, and valet parking. All proceeds from the event benefit the Observatory’s programs.

Cost:    $50 before May 15 and for Observatory members

            $60 per person after May 15,

Space is limited and reservations are required, so please call (513) 321-5186 or Sign Up Online

21 or older, please.

Sun-day Sunday Sundae

Sunday June 25, from 1-4pm

The Sun is the star attraction and you can learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor.  Sun-day Sunday Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from our 1845 telescope (weather permitting). 

As a special treat we will also have free sundaes for those in attendance. 

No reservations needed. 

Free admission thanks to P&G

 For more information please call 513-321-5186

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

--SOLD OUT-- But there is still a few spaces available for...

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

Cosmic Kids

Family Classes
Third Saturdays July-November

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.  Take one class or all five.

July 15: Getting Ready for the Solar Eclipse
August 19: The Sun (two days before the eclipse)
September 16:  Fall Stars and Constellations
October 21: The Marvelous Moon
November 18: Space Rocks (Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites)

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

Space is limited.  Please call 513-321-5186 to register.

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.

June 17:       Celestial Sips

June 25:        Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 16:         Sunday Sun-day Sundae 2

July 29:          Saturnday (best time to see Saturn)

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

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

Sept 23:         ScopeOut/Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct 28:           International Observe the Moon Night

Dec 2:            Supermoon 2017