Public Events


Saturday August 27 from 7:30-9pm

You've probably seen them in the evening: two suspiciously bright lights in the western sky. What are they? Planes? UFOs? No, they're Venus and Jupiter and they're heading for a dramatic conjunction on the 27th.

Join us at the Cincinnati Observatory to see these two bright night lights right next to each other.  We will set up telescopes to help view this special event and also lead views of Saturn through the 1845 telescope (weather permitting). 

No reservations needed.  Drop-ins welcome.  Great for all ages.

Cost: $5 per person.  Free for Observatory members.

 For more information please call 513-321-5186


(Music of the Planets Edition)

Saturday August 27 from 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 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.  

Special musical guests, Jake Speed and the Freddies will also perform.

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

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

Observatory Photo Contest!

Are you a photographer with amazing shots of the Moon, the Planets, the Night Sky?

Have you attended one of our programs and taken some great photos of our telescopes or historic buildings?

Now is your chance to show them off

The Cincinnati Observatory invites amateur and professional photographers to enter our 2017 Calendar Photo Contest. Winning photographs will be published in the 2017 Cincinnati Observatory Calendar.

One each of the 12 winning photos will be featured monthly. The “Best of Show” winner will have the honor of also gracing the cover!

The winning photographers will also be honored at a reception to display their winning photos and receive a free 2017 calendar. Viewing through the 1845 telescope will be available (weather permitting).

Deadline for all entries is September 25, 2016

Complete Rules and the Link to Submit your Photos.

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 Sept. 13:           The History of the Telescope   (8pm)
            From the earliest scopes to the latest, we'll see how they changed our view of the cosmos

Tuesday October 18:        Stars of the Fall Sky      (7pm)
            Learn how to identify the major stars and constellations of fall

Tuesday November 15:      Ancient Astronomy      (7pm)
            Go back to the beginning and explore how people measured the sky thousands of years ago

Wednesday December 14:      Reasons for the Seasons       (7pm)
            Winter is coming!  But why?  What's really going on is truly astronomical

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.

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.

Aug 27:          Venus Meets Jupiter, Conjunction

Sept. 10:        ScopeOut Astronomy Fest

Sept. 24:       Great Outdoor Weekend

Oct. 15:          Supermoon!

Nov. 5:           Meet a Meteorite

Dec. 2:           Venus Day

We're getting ready for 2017 with more very special events.