Public Events

Late Night Date Night

Saturday February 3 and 17 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.

For adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we’ll have fun showing you around the universe and behind the scenes at the Observatory.

Admission is $25 per person

Space is extremely limited. 

Register Online Today or call us at 513-321-5186.

Valentine's Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday February 14

New this year! TWO sessions:
Pre-dinner from 5-7pm, (SOLD OUT)

Post-dinner from 8-10pm (SOLD OUT)

We're sorry that we are sold out for this event.  You can still make a romantic night out at the Observatory for one of our Late Night Date Nights in February.  See the entry above for more.

Cosmic Kids

Classes for Kids Grades 4-5

The Cincinnati Observatory will be hosting classes for the entire family. Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary class which helps grades 4-5 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!

All class times are from 11am-12pm

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  

For more details and to sign up, you can Register Online
Or you can 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!  

Through the Looking Glass (Two shows)
  February 6 and 13,  7-9pm
      See a slide show using historic glass plates
      from the Observatory collection

Change in Latitude (Two options)
  March 6 and 7,  7-9pm
      Explore how the stars look from different
      places on Earth

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.

Intro to Astronomy

A Short-Course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesdays April 4, 11, and 18 from 8-10pm

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 Gazers, 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. 

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

To sign up call us at 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

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.

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!