Public Events

March Moon Madness

Start Your Spring at the Cincinnati Observatory
March 20, from 7:30-9pm

March 20th is the official start of Spring, the Spring Equinox. And this year we will have a Full Moon on the same night. Join us at the Cincinnati Observatory to celebrate the return of Spring and watch a moonrise over the eastern horizon at 7:40pm.

March Moon Madness includes tours of the two Observatory buildings and viewing through the telescopes of the Moon and stars (weather permitting). Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and warm clothes or just stop by after work or school to see the Moon.

Admission: $5/person (Free for Observatory members)

No reservations needed. Great for all ages. For more info call 513-321-5186

Late Night Date Night

Saturday March 23 from 10:30pm-Midnight


We'll post more dates soon.

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.

Sundial Sunday

10th Anniversary of the Paul Nohr Memorial Sundial
Sunday March 24, 1-4pm

We invite the public along with friends, colleagues and family of late Observatory Astronomer Paul Nohr to visit his beloved Observatory on Sunday March 24th. Dedicated 10 years ago the Sundial has proved itself an amazing teaching tool experienced by thousands of visitors and students.

Paul was instrumental in restoring the Observatory’s two cherished telescopes. He was a master educator and loved teaching with a sundial with all his students-young and old. Today, Paul’s legacy guides our ambitions. We aim for excellence in our education programs while maintaining the integrity of our history. Paul set high standards for both.

Free and open to the public (donations welcome).  No reservations required.

The special event includes:

  • Sundial demonstrations and safe Sun viewing (weather permitting)
  • Tours of our National Landmark Observatory
  • Light refreshments

For more information please 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!  

The Spring Sky - Tues. April 9, from 8-10pm
   Learn to identify the stars and constellations of the season

Scale of the Solar System - Tues. May 7, 8-10pm  
   Size up the Sun, Moon, planets, and more (including Pluto)

Spectacular Sun - Tues. June 18, 7-9pm  
   Explore our nearest star and see it safely through special telescopes

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.

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. 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.

Intro to Astronomy

Wednesdays April 3, 10, and 17 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 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.

A new Intro Class will be posted for August soon!


What's Up @ NASA

Tuesday April 23,  7pm

Dr. David Rutishauser is a Cincinnati native and 1988 graduate of Purcell Marian High School who has worked as an engineer for NASA for the past 18 years. He'll be speaking about what's new at NASA and will highlight his female colleague’s accomplishments and contributions in what is undoubtedly the top STEM organization to work for.

SOLD OUT but please call us at 513-321-5186 for more programs coming up.

Summer Space Camps

This summer, the Cincinnati Observatory is partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center to offer Out-of-this-World summer camps for kids grades K-7.

Summer Camps at the Observatory
June 3-7 and again July 22-26
    Grades K-2: Future Astronauts
    Grades 3-7: Rocket Science

June 10-14 and again July 29-Aug 2
    Grades K-2: Living in Space:
    Grades 3-7: Mission to Mars

For more information and to register go to the CMC Camp Website

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.  Details will be posted above closer to the dates, but feel free to call us for more at 513-321-5186.

March 20:      March Moon Madness

April 14:      First Light Night (History program)

June 16 and August 4:     Sunday Sun-day Sundaes (seeing the Sun safely)

July 6 and 13:     Jupiter Nights (Talking about our biggest planet)

July 20:     50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

August 3 and 10:     Saturndays (Focusing on the ringed planet)

September 14: ScopeOut (annual telescope fest)

October 5: International Observe the Moon Night

November 9: Meet a Meteorite (space rocks on display)

November 11: Transit of Mercury (Mercury goes in front of the Sun)

December 8: Luminaria (Holiday Open House)