Public Events


Saturday July 21, from 9-11pm

The lord of the rings shines in prime time!

The magnificent planet, most breathtaking object in the universe – Saturn - takes center stage at the Cincinnati Observatory for Saturnday. 

If clear, we will show you Saturn, the Moon and Jupiter through the telescopes.  If it is too cloudy to use the telescopes we will have special Saturn talks and tours of the buildings.  Plus Loveland Dairy Whip will have a food truck selling soft serve.  

No reservations needed. Great for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/student, $5/Observatory member

For more information, please call 513-321-5186.


The Return of the Red Planet

Friday and Saturday July 27 and 28, from 9-11pm

After 26 months, the Red Planet is back.  Mars, always a crowd favorite, will be the featured planet for a two-night viewing extravaganza at the Cincinnati Observatory called Marsapalooza

The Cincinnati Observatory will open its doors and telescopes to the public while Mars is closer than it has been to Earth since 2003.  There will be talks about Mars, tours of the buildings, and viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). 

The Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter will also be observed.

No reservations needed for either night. Great for all ages.

Admission: $10/Adult, $5/Child, $5/Observatory member

For more information, please call 513-321-5186.

Late Night Date Night

Saturday August 4, From 10:30 pm-Midnight

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 extremely limited.  Adults only.

To make reservations please call 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online.

Sunday Sun-day Sundae

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday August 5, from 1-4pm

EXTRA DATE!  The Sun is the star attraction and you can learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor.  Sunday Sun-day Sundae includes short talks about the Sun, tours of our historic buildings, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from our telescopes (weather permitting). 

1pm Classroom presentation "All About the Sun."
2pm Take a guided hike along the Planet Walk.
3pm "All About the Sun" repeats.

As a special treat we will also have free ice cream sundaes. (while they last). 

No reservations needed. All ages welcome.

Admission is FREE thanks to Icon Solar

 For more information please call 513-321-5186

Intro to Astronomy

A Beginner Course at the Cincinnati Observatory
Tuesdays August 7, 14, and 21 from 8-10pm

Want to learn how to star gaze like a pro?  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 for the series
           $40 for Observatory members

To register call 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

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. 

Upcoming dates and topics:

         September 22:  Aliens
         October 13:   Black Holes
         November 10:  Constellations
         December 8:  Crash Landing on the Moon

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.  Sign Up For Cosmic Kids Online or call 513-321-5816.

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 Planets of Summer
   Wednesday August 15 from 8-10pm
   This summer we can show you around the solar system - Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

 The Fall Sky
   Wednesday September 19, from 7-9pm
   Identify the stars and constellations of fall

Hubble’s Greatest Hits
   Wednesday October 17, from 7-9pm
   Explore the best images of the universe

Moon Landing
   Wednesday November 14, from 7-9pm
   What is it like to live on the Moon?  This is your survival guide

Guide Stars
   Wednesday December 12, from 7-9pm
   Learn how to use star charts, astronomy apps, and space software

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.

2018 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.

July 21:          Saturnday - Rings at their best

July 27 and 28:   Marsapalooza!

August 5:           Sunday, Sun-Day Sundae 2

August 7, 14, 21:   Intro Classes with Dean Regas

August 18:         The Four Planets

September 15:   ScopeOut - Telescope Fest

September 29:   Great Outdoor Weekend

November 8:  175th Anniversary Celebration

December 9:      Luminaria: Annual Holiday Event