Public Events

Cosmic Kids

Family Classes
Saturdays January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20

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.

New topics each month. Sign up for one class or up to all five. 
   January 21 - you'll learn all about telescopes
   February 18 - the topic is living in space
   March 18 - we'll take you to the Sun and stars
   April 15 - explore the planets
   May 20 - we're launching rockets

9:30am-10:30am 1st- 3rd Grade Students  (Sold out- you may also join the 11am session. Call for availability)
11:00am-12:00pm  4th- 6th Grade Students

Reservations are required and space is limited. 

Admission $5/person/class; Observatory members are free.

If you have any questions or would like to register, please call us at (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 February 7:               Star Oddities                       (7-9pm)
            Fly among the weirdest stars in the galaxy

Tuesday March 7:                   Marvelous Moon                    (7-9pm)
            Explore our closest neighbor in space.  Luna-tics welcome

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.

Think Big - View Bigger

View through the largest telescope at the Observatory
Saturday January 28, 7pm

Every year thousands of visitors to the Cincinnati Observatory use the historic, 16-foot long telescope for amazing views of the Moon, planets, and stars.  But on this evening, we’re pulling out the big gun to show you the universe.

At 22 feet long, 16 inches in diameter and weighting over a ton, the largest telescope at the Observatory is a sight to behold, and you’ll be able to view the Orion Nebula, stars and star clusters (weather permitting). Come check out this incredible telescope!

Cost:   $7 per person

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

Late Night, Date Night

February 4 and 25 from 10:30pm-Midnight

Can’t sleep? 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.

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

Space is limited. Sign up by calling 513-321-5186 or Register Online

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.

Jan 28:          Think Big - Use the Largest Observatory Telescope

Feb 14:          Valentine's Night

Mar 11:          Baseball on the Planets 

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