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Longitude: John Harrison and His Clocks
Tuesday February 27 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Knowing what time, it is, exactly, has been part and parcel to knowing where you are on the planet, especially at sea. Comparing sky-time with your clock-time told you where you were, your longitude. This was a nearly impossible task with the mechanisms of early time keeping up to the 18th century, which resulted in seafaring catastrophe after catastrophe; lost at sea or found on the reef.  All of that changed in the 1700’s because of the life-long work of a third-grade educated, back-woods carpenter, who took on the scientific establishment of his day and brought us into the world of modern accurate time-keeping.

John Harrison’s clocks and advances in clock making told us what time it is, exactly, and set records in accuracy that stood for centuries, even into the 21st century. Let’s find out what makes clocks tick (literally).
Dave Bosse is an instructor of astronomy at the University of Cincinnati where he has taught for over 35 years

Behind the Scenes at the Observatory
Sunday March 4 from 1-3pm
$35.00

Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.
John Ventre is the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Tour of the Universe
Tuesday March 13 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Explore space from the Earth and beyond! Fly past the moon, the planets, the stars, and galaxies to the edge of what is known. Bring your questions about the Cosmos, and our Observatory Scientist will answer as many as he can. View through the oldest operational telescope in the country, weather permitting.  Ad Astra!
Aaron Eiben is a self-proclaimed nerd with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati.

Optics: A Look through the Telescope
Wednesday March 21 from 7-9pm
$35.00

Looking through a telescope is always fun; but did you ever wonder how the darn thing works? How are magnification and focus achieved? Why is the view upside-down in an astronomical telescope, but upside-right in binoculars? And is bigger really better? We'll answer these questions and many more as we explore the inner workings of the "magic tube." Fun, visually dramatic experiments will make the mysteries of lenses and mirrors crystal clear, even for those who are not friendly with physics. We'll also peek inside a variety of working telescopes, and, weather permitting, view the heavens through some of them.
Dave Bosse is an instructor of astronomy at the University of Cincinnati where he has taught for over 35 years.

Spaceballs
Sunday March 25 from 1-3pm
$35.00

How would a home run look on Mars? Could you hit a baseball off the Moon? Answering these questions requires knowledge of physics, mathematics, and planetary science, but it's not as hard as one might think. With the right information, anyone can figure it out! Join local astrophysicist Aaron Eiben at the Cincinnati Observatory to see just how. If the sky is clear, we will also gaze through the best telescope in town.
Aaron Eiben is a self-proclaimed nerd with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati.