Public Events

Countdown to the Eclipse

Tuesday February 21, 11am-2pm

Six months until The Big One!  Soon everyone will be talking about the Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21.  This is the most amazing astronomical event and the Observatory wants you to get prepared.

On February 21, drop by the Observatory to demo our variety of safe solar viewing methods – from eclipse glasses, to sun funnels, to expensive filters on our historic telescope.  This is a great chance to learn how you can see this incredible event in the August sky without going blind.

Admission:   Free

All ages welcome. No reservations are required.  Free solar eclipse glasses to the first 50 attendees. Come over on your lunch hour.

For more info, call 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 March 7:               Marvelous Moon                    (7-9pm)
            Explore our closest neighbor in space.  Luna-tics welcome

Tuesday March 21:              Preparing for the Eclipse      (8-10pm)
            Five months until the total solar eclipse.  We'll get you ready.

Tuesday April 11:                The Inner Solar System        (8-10pm)
            Learn about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the Asteroids

Tuesday May 23:                  The Outer Solar System      (8-10pm)
            Travel farther from the Sun to see Jupiter and beyond

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.


At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday March 11 and 18 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.

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.

Intro to Astronomy

A Short-Course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesdays March 15, 22, and 29 from 8-10pm

Want to kickstart a new, starry hobby?  This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to know more about observing the night sky.

Led by astronomer and co-host of PBS’ Star Gazer, Dean Regas, this course will show you the stars.  You will learn how to identify stars, constellations, and planets as well as viewing tips for the Moon.  Each night includes viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting).  

Cost:      $50 for the series
               $40 for Observatory members

To register Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Cosmic Kids

Family Classes
Saturdays 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. 
   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
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.

Summer Camps

At the Cincinnati Observatory

We're partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center again to bring you some out-of-this-world summer camps. First:

From June 5-9 it's Space Adventure 
For grades K-1 and 2-6

Blast off into an awesome camp! Join the Cincinnati Observatory and the Cincinnati Museum Center as we look through telescopes, observe the mysteries of the universe and test our astronaut skills.

Then from June 12-16
For grades K-1 it's Galaxy Explorers

Travel to galaxies far away and discover the science and technology of living in space. Take a field trip to visit the special exhibit Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center. This camp is sure to be out of this world!

And also June12-16 for grades 2–3 and 4-6 we have LEGO: Movie Magic

Lights, camera, action! Join us as we discover how movies take us to galaxies far away! Learn how to make a storyboard, create a stop-motion animation movie with LEGO mini-figures and bricks and take a field trip to visit the special exhibit Star Wars and the Power of Costume at Cincinnati Museum Center.

For more info and to register please go to: Cincinnati Museum Center

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.

Feb 21:          Countdown to the Solar Eclipse

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