Public Events

Late Night, Date Night

Saturday October 7, 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 Mars and Saturn and other 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.

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.  Adults only.

To make reservations Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.


Astronomy Thursdays and Fridays

Public Nights at the Observatory

In awe with the beauty of the night sky? Have questions about the Universe?
This is where you can get the answers.

Astronomy Thursdays and Fridays include short presentations on a wide variety of topics and plenty of time for your astro questions followed by a guided stargaze through the oldest telescope in the United States – a 16-foot long wood and brass refractor first used in 1845 (weather permitting).  We observe a variety of objects including the Moon, planets, and stars. 

Dates for September start at 8pm and are available on:

   September 28, and 29

Thursday admission: Suggested donation of $5 per person
Friday admission: $7 per person, $5 under 18.
Free for Observatory members!
Recommended for ages 7 and up.  Reservations Required.

See the Calendar for other dates and make your Reservation Online!
Call the Observatory 513.321.5186 for more information.

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!  

October 17, 7-9pm: Meteors and Meteorites
      The best days and ways to see shooting
      stars and see some space rocks firsthand

November 14, 7-9pm: Johannes Kepler
      Learn about one of the greatest astronomical
      minds who lived over 400 years ago

December 19, 7-9pm: Constellation Mythology
      Hear the stories of the stars from
      ancient Greece and around the world 

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.

International Observe the Moon Night

Saturday October 28, from 7-9pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is the local sponsor of the worldwide event to show people the Magnificent Moon.  Weather permitting, observatory members will fire up the telescopes and let you zoom into craters and see the lunar surface with your own eye. 

Experience this international, extra-terrestrial event at your local Observatory. 

Admission is $10/adult, $5/kid, Free for Observatory Members

No reservations are required.
For more information please call 513-321-5186.

Cosmic Kids

Classes for Kids Grades K-7

The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting classes for the entire family. Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary class which helps grades K-7 learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. 

Dates and Topics for Jan-May 2018:

January 20th 2018               Lunar Eclipse
February 17th 2018          Galileo            
March 17th 2018           Planet Models
April 21st 2018           Landing on Mars
May 19th 2018         Rockets! 

Cost per class:           $8 for non-member children  
                                 $3 for member children

Cost for the series:        $33 for non-member children
                                     $12 for member children  

To check out the times and grade levels for Cosmic Kids and sign up, you can Register Online
Or you can call us at 513-321-5186.

2017-2018 Special Events

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Have a favorite planet?  Looking for the coolest events coming up?
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.

Oct 28:           International Observe the Moon Night

Nov 11:          Meet a Meteorite 

Dec 2:            Supermoon 2017

Jan 20:          Cosmic Kids Returns

Jan 31:           Blue Moon Eclipse

Feb 14:          Valentine's Night

Mar 18:           Mercury-Venus-Moon Conjunction

Mar 31:          Blue Moon on a Saturday

Apr 14:           First Light Night

May 26:          Jupiter Night

July 21:          Saturnday

July 27 and 28:   Marsapalooza!