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Class Series 1: The Sun

7:00 pm
7:00 pm
7:00 pm
The Cincinnati Observatory is excited to announce a new lineup of class series instructed by astronomer Dr. Wes Ryle. Each series will consist of three self-contained courses that share a common theme. Pick your favorite individual topic or sign up for the entire series at a discount for a more complete picture. Courses are intended for astronomy enthusiasts ages 14 and up.
Series 1: The Sun - There's more than meets the eye when it comes to our closest stellar neighbor. This series explores the sun inside and out, revealing the secrets of nature's nuclear powerhouse.
Our Sun in Balance (The Solar Interior)
June 25, 7-8:30pm
Our Sun is a well-balanced machine, providing Earth with energy via light at a steady pace for
billions of years. This class will explore the interior of the Sun, including energy production,
transport, and the intricate balance between gravity and pressure.

Spots, Flares, and CMEs, Oh My! (The Solar Atmosphere)
July 9, 7-8:30pm
While the entire Sun is a gaseous body, it also possesses a gaseous atmosphere. This
atmosphere controls how we see the Sun and is an incredibly dynamic environment. This class will
explore those atmospheric layers and the ways we are able to monitor their activity.

When the Sun Gets Angry (Solar Activity)
July 16, 7-8:30pm
To the naked eye, the Sun is an overly bright, but otherwise unremarkable disc. That
appearance hides a host of violent activity that permeates the Sun’s atmosphere and varies
over regular cycles. This class will address the source of this activity and the consequences of
this activity for us here on Earth.
Classes will be held in-person at the observatory.
Pricing details are below:
$65/class series (3 classes)
$50/class series (3 classes)


Intro to Astrophotography

12:00 pm
It’s a beautiful night under the stars! You take out your cell phone and shoot a photo - but it comes out nothing like you expect, or it’s totally disappointing! How can you do even better? In this class Program Educator Eric Harris will go over ways you can use the tools you already have at home to photograph the heavens. Weather permitting, we will then demonstrate how to use your phone in conjunction with a telescope to take photos of the Sun.

Tickets: $20/person

Adult Space Camp - Rocket Science

7:00 pm

Join us on July 11, 7-9 PM, for a fun and creative night out where we'll test your engineering skills building water bottle rockets. You are welcome to bring your own supplies or use ours to create your out-of-this-world rocket. Guests will be sent more information on supplies to bring a week or so before the event. The evening will end with a tour of the Observatory and viewing through the telescopes (if clear).

The cost is $30 per person and includes supplies for the rockets, multiple rocket launches (weather permitting), and light bites. Recommended for ages 12+.

History Bites - Lunchtime Program

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

For those who want to network and have a little fun at lunch, join us for 

The Brightest Stars: The Legacy of Cincinnati's Women Astronomers

As the Birthplace of American Astronomy, the Cincinnati Observatory has been observing the stars for over 180 years. Yet, many of those stars, namely the women astronomers of the Observatory, have often been overlooked. Women like Louisa Trask Mitchel, who was likely the first person to observe Neptune to Antoinette Kettenacker, an accomplished mathematician who was published on her work with the computation of orbits. Numerous women have contributed to astronomy in Cincinnati in stellar ways. This trend continues with the Observatory’s current staff which includes its first female Director and a majority female staff. Come learn about the brightest stars of Cincinnati, the decades of women paving the way in astronomy at the Cincinnati Observatory with Assistant Collections Manager, Mandy Askins.

$10 for non-members, Free for Members 

Tours Under the Moon

6:00 pm
6:00 pm
6:00 pm

Join us for a tour of the Observatory and a chance to see the Sun and the Moon through the telescope, weather permitting! The guided portion of the tour lasts approximately half an hour. It includes both of the Observatory’s buildings and two main telescopes, as well as access to our out-of-this-world gift shop.

Tickets: $10/adult, $5/child, $5/senior, $5/veteran, free for Observatory Members

Sights Before Sunrise

5:00 am
5:00 am

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:

We are turning the tables and offering some early morning stargazing this year. This program is for those who want to be the first to see objects that will be up later in the year at our typical viewing times. This event will include viewing through our historic Mitchel telescope at Venus and the Moon. Coffee and donuts will be available.

Please register for the email list here so that we can notify you if the event is go/no go.

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