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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

ScopeOut 2019

Telescope Festival at the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday September 14, from 6-10pm

Want to see the coolest telescopes in the Tri-state?  Want to look through a telescope to see the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn?  Join the members of the Cincinnati Observatory as we celebrate the telescope.  Dozens of astronomers will set up their telescopes and share their knowledge, passion, expertise between 6-8pm.  Then as darkness falls, from 8-10pm they will share views through their own telescopes (weather permitting).  Plus the historic Cincinnati Observatory telescope will be in operation to view the planets up close.  

We will also have activities for students of all ages, meteorites on display, and new and used telescopes for sale. 

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

    ***Special - Join that night and receive free admission***

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

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 on the third Saturday of the 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 21: Rockets

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/participant/class OR $10.00/participant/class series for members and
$10.00/participant/class OR $30.00/participant/class series for non-members.

Reservations required.  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! 

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

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.

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)