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Daytime and Nighttime Hours

We are open Monday-Friday from Noon-4pm to see the historic buildings and telescopes More Info. 

And we are open most Thursday and Friday nights to view through the telescopes to see the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and stars.  Visit Us at Night

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! 

All About Saturn – Tuesday September 24, 8-10pm
   Hitch a ride on the Cassini spacecraft for the best views of this spectacular planet

Monsters in the Sky – Tuesday October 15, 7-9pm
   Learn the stories in the stars that include some gross and scary stuff

Venus and Jupiter – Tuesday November 19, 6-8pm
The two brightest planets come together this month, and you can see them just after dark

All About Orion – Tuesday December 10, 7-9pm
Delve deep into the most famous constellation in the sky

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.

International Observe the Moon Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
October 5, from 7-9pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is the local sponsor of the world-wide event to show people the Magnificent Moon. Weather permitting, Observatory members will fire up the telescopes and let you zoom into craters and see the lunar surface with your own eye. Jupiter and Saturn will also be available.

Experience this international, extra-terrestrial event at your local Observatory.

Admission is $10/adult, $5/kid
Free for Observatory Members

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

Late Night Date Night

Friday September 20, 10:30pm-Midnight

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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.



Cosmic Kids

Monthly Kids Club

Explore the cosmos during our new multi-disciplinary classes which help grades K-7th learn and discover topics in astronomy and investigate the wonders beyond our world. These classes meet one Saturday each month and 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.

Date and Topics:

September 28: Rockets (We needed to move this meeting date from 9-21 to 9-28. We apologize for the inconvenience)

Blast off! Learn a little about rocket design and aerodynamics and then make your very own water bottle rocker.

October 19: Monster Constellations

Monsters, myths, and constellations are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit! Learn about the monster constellations shining during fall nights and the some of the stories of how they got in the sky.

November 16: Space Rocks

Comets and meteors and asteroids, oh my! Learn all about different types of space rocks, make a comet and even touch a real rock from outer space!

December 21: Planets

This class will be out of this world! Explore the other planets in our solar system and design your own planet.

         K-3rd Graders meet from 9-10am
         4th-7th Graders meet from 11am-Noon

Class prices are:

$3.00 per participant per class for members
$10.00 per participant per class for non-members.

Reservations required.  Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Amateur Astronomy Seminar

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday October 5 from 9:30am-3pm

Have a passion for astronomy?  Join the Friends of the Observatory in this special half-day seminar: Beyond the Eyepiece: Projects for Today’s Amateur Astronomers.

This event is geared to the serious amateur astronomer who wants to increase his or her knowledge of astronomy.  These advanced, college-level sessions will walk you through various types of home observatories, some conventional, others unique. And we’ll look at hands-on projects for cloudy nights that reveal the minute particles that make up our wonderful universe. There will plenty of time to share your experiences and expertise too. 

Costs:  $30 for Observatory Members

            $35 for Astronomy Students and other Astronomy Club Members

            $40 for the general public

Space is limited.  Lunch and snacks are included. 

Reservations are required by calling 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

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.

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 15:   Luminaria (Holiday Open House)