Public Events

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

Late Night Date Night

Saturday July 1st & 8th 10:30pm-midnight

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 celestial treasures 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 $25 per person. Adults only (18 and up).

Space is limited.
Reservations required.
Register Online 513-321-5186

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 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.

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

Nov 11:          Meet a Meteorite 

Dec 2:            Supermoon 2017