Public Events

Total Lunar Eclipse

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday January 20, from 10pm-Midnight

The Sun, Earth, and Moon will align and give us a lunar eclipse on the night of January 20 and the Tri-state is in perfect position to see the whole thing.

The eclipse begins at 10:33pm when the shadow of the Earth first starts crossing the face of the Moon.  Then at 11:41pm, the Moon will be totally in the Earth’s shadow and turn all sorts of colors.  Will the Moon turn eerie gray, pumpkin orange, or blood red?  You will have to see it for yourself!

The program runs only under clear skies.  It is canceled if cloudy. 

Although you have to stay up late, most people are off work and school the next day for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Admission: $5/person

No reservations required.  For more information, please call 513-321-5186.

Valentine's Night

Thursday February 14


Do you want to give your Valentine the world? Now you can go a step farther and give them the entire universe this Valentine’s Day with an evening at the Cincinnati Observatory!

This is your opportunity to cuddle beneath the Observatory's silvery domes with your special someone for a truly unforgettable Valentine’s Day – and Night.

Cost:   $70 per couple ($60 for members)

Cosmic Kids

A Monthly Astronomy Club for Kids

Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary classes which helps grades K-7th learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. These classes are open to members and non-members. You may decide to take one class or the entire class series. You may also decide to stay with your child for the class or drop them off and pick them up after, parents will not be charged as participants. 

New Dates and Topics for 2019:

        Sat. January 19:  Eclipses (just in time for the Lunar Eclipse on Jan 20)
        Sat. February 16:   The Solar System
        Sat. March 16:  Mars
        Sat. April 20:  Rockets

Grades K-3 meet from 9-10am
Grades 4-7 meet from 11am-noon

   Member prices: $3.00/participant/class OR $10.00/participant/series 

   Non-member prices: $10.00/participant/class OR $30.00/participant/series

Space is extremely limited.  Call 513-321-5186 to register or Sign Up Online.

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!  

Winter Sky - Tues. January 15, 7-9pm
   ---SOLD OUT---

Preparing for the Supermoon - Tues. February 12, 7-9pm
   Observing tips to seeing the Moon when it is big and bright

Astrology, Not Astronomy - Tues. March 5, from 7-9pm
   Separate fiction from fact with this class about the future

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

Wednesdays January 9, 16 and 23 from 7–9pm


Sign up for the next Intro Class series on Wednesdays April 3, 10, and 17 Here

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 per person for the series. $40 for Observatory members.

Space is limited. Call 513-321-5186 for more info.

2019 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.

January 20, 2019:   Total Lunar Eclipse

February 14, 2019:      Valentine's Night

February 19-20, 2019:      Supermoons!

March 20, 2019:      Spring Equinox and Full Moon

April 14, 2019:      First Light Night

June 16, 2019:     Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 6 and 13, 2019:     Jupiter Nights

July 20, 2019:     50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

August 3 and 10, 2019:     Saturndays