Public Events

Supermoon 2019

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Tuesday February 19, from 6-8pm

Not all Full Moons are created equal.  Some are closer to the Earth than others, and every 14 months we get a slightly larger Full Moon.  These Supermoons make the Moon appear 14% bigger in the sky than the smallest Moon.  Think you can tell the difference?

You can drop in any time between 6-8pm but don’t miss Moonrise.  Join us at Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise above the eastern horizon at 6:30pm and see for yourself. 

Supermoon includes tours of the Observatory and viewing through the telescopes of the Moon and stars (weather permitting).  Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and warm clothes or just stop by to say hi to the Supermoon.

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

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

*Please note: The program runs rains or shine.  If it is cloudy or raining on February 19, we will hold an additional viewing to see the Supermoon on the following day February 20 from 7-9pm (with moonrise at 7:50pm).

Late Night Date Night

(February 23 is sold out, but we still have space for)

Saturday March 9, From 10:30pm-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 Sign Up Online or 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!  

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

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.

Each night includes viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)

Cost: $50 per person for the series. $40 for Observatory members.

Space is limited.

Register Online  or call 513-321-5186 for more info.

What's Up @ NASA

Tuesday April 23  7pm
At the Cincinnati Observatory

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.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 per person
Open to the Public.
Family friendly!
Great for students of all ages.

Reservations are required.  Space is limited.
Call 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.

February 14:      Valentine's Night

February 19 and 20:      Supermoons!

March 20:      Spring Equinox and Full Moon

April 14:      First Light Night (History program)

June 16 and July 21:     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)