Solar and Lunar Eclipses actually occur with equal frequency and duration. Patterns of occurrence and type variation are also nearly identical.
The Greeks, the Babylonians, and even the Sumerians (2000 BCE) observed the Moon long enough and carefully enough to recognize patterns of eclipses, both solar and lunar. They could predict eclipses with extraordinary accuracy. Don’t forget the Mayans and the Incas who also knew of these patterns. Lunar or Solar, eclipses don’t seem to follow any pattern. Visibility locations seem to be random over the Earth and eclipses don’t occur very often... or do they?
It’s time for us to take a closer look at these interval patterns and see if we can predict eclipses as accurately as the ancients.
Dave Bosse has been an amateur astronomer and sky-watcher ever since watching Sputnik cross the Cincinnati skies in 1957. Dave has volunteered as a presenter and lecturer at the Observatory for over 23 years and taught the popular monthly A2Z Astronomy class at the Observatory for 11 years. He has taught Computer Science and Astronomy courses for the University of Cincinnati for 42 years retiring in 2019. He has served as President of FOTO, Trustee of FOTO and member of the COC Board of Trustees.
Tickets: $15/adult, $7/child, Free for Observatory Members
Space is limited. Sign up today.
Weekly Public Program
Astronomy Evening at the Cincinnati Observatory is the perfect program to get acquainted with all of the offerings of your local observatory. Located in picturesque Mount Lookout on the East Side of Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Observatory is the oldest one of its kind in the country that still uses its original telescope from 1845, and now you too will get to participate.
This 90 minute long, family-friendly program features an Astronomy themed presentation on the different things you can experience in the night sky. Tours of our historic buildings and viewing through our telescope takes place during the second part of the evening (weather permitting).
Tickets: $15/adult, $7/child, FREE For Members. SOLD OUT for Feb. 2, 9, and 16.
Reservations required. Space is limited.
At the Cincinnati Observatory
Looking for a romantic night out and under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use telescopes 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.
The program runs rain or shine. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll have fun showing you around the universe and behind the scenes at the Observatory.
Tickets: $30 per person
Space is limited to no more than 40 people. Adults Only. Singles welcome.
How do we know for sure that the eclipse on April 8th will really happen? As it turns out, humanity has known how to predict an eclipse since ancient times. This class with Program Educator Eric Harris will show you how we learned to do it, and some consequences that it has had throughout history!
Calling all space nerds and current events enthusiasts! Think you know your stuff? Grab your crew and join us on March 6th, 7pm for Trivia Night at the Cincinnati Observatory. Top three teams will win an out-of-this-world prize, including eclipse glasses!
Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks provided.
Tickets: $60/team, up to 6 people, $20/individual
Great for ages 10 and up!
Tickets: $20/person, best for Kids 10+ and adults
Stories From Our History
This special program offers those seeking to learn more about the Observatory’s history a more detailed, in-depth guided tour at Noon or 1:30pm. All the wonderful details covered in a Daytime Tour are included - as well as more stories of how the Observatory came to be (and almost didn’t!). You'll also discover the Observatory’s role in weather forecasting and timekeeping as well as visit our interactive Sundial, original 1843 cornerstone, and more! Tours last approximately one hour with plenty of time for questions and some behind-the-scenes fun! Perfect for local history, astronomy and science buffs ages 12 and up.
Tickets are $10/adult, $5/kids (recommended for kids 12+), $5/senior, $5/veteran and free for Observatory members
Space is limited. Advanced reservations are recommended.
Join us for our new early-morning event in 2024, Sights Before Sunrise. These are clear-only events so we will let you know the day before if the event is a go. We will only use your email for the purposes of communication about the Sights Before Sunrise event. See more details below:
Please register for the email list here so that we can notify you if the event is go/no go.