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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!  

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

Moon Landing - Tues. July 9, 8-10pm  
   Relive the Apollo 11 mission that brought humans to the Moon 

Moon Landing - Wed. July 17, 8-10pm  
   Repeat of the July 9th class (Extra date)

Summer Stars – Tuesday August 13, 8-10pm
   From the Scorpion to the Dragon, learn to identify the constellations of the season

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.

Apollo 11 Family Event

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
Family Event at the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday July 20, from 1-4pm

50 years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the Moon.  Commemorate a giant leap for mankind with an out-of-this-world event for all ages at the Cincinnati Observatory.

The afternoon will include:

  • Moon activities and crafts
  • Astronaut food tasting
  • Apollo 11 talks and video experiences
  • Moon selfie station
  • Actual Moon rocks on display – on loan from NASA!
  • Face painting
  • Rocket launches
  • Special raffle prizes
  • Safe viewing of the Sun through the telescopes (weather permitting)

Tickets: $15/person,  $12/Observatory member

Space is extremely limited for this special event.

To reserve your spot please, Register Online or call 513-321-5186.

Celestial Sips

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
Adult Event at the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday July 20, from 8-11pm

50 years ago Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the surface of the Moon. Why not celebrate this giant leap for mankind with an out-of-this-world evening - pairing star gazing and beer tasting at the oldest public observatory in the country!

The evening will feature:

   · 3 beer tickets/participant – featuring a variety of beers from 50 West!

   · Moon-themed goody bags for each participant

   · Astronaut food tasting (plus heavy hors d’oeuvres)

   · Apollo 11, 50th anniversary talks and video experiences

   · Silent auction, as well drawings for prizes throughout the evening

   · Special Moon-tastic Photo Booth for Instagram pics.

   · Actual Moon rocks on display- on loan from NASA!

   · Viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting)

   · Valet Parking

Tickets: $75/person, $65/Cincinnati Observatory Member

Space is extremely limited. Ages 21 and up.
To reserve your spot please Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186.

Jupiter Nights

Saturday July 6 and 13, from 9-11pm

The king of the solar system is back!   Giant Jupiter has returned to the evening skies and you can make a date with the largest planet in the solar system. Learn about Jupiter, its blustery hurricanes, its shrinking red spot, and its 79 moons.  Then view Jupiter’s cloud tops and four largest moons through our historic telescopes and marvel at the craters of our Moon (weather permitting).

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

        -Join that night and receive free admission!-

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

See Jupiter while it's close.

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

Tyler Davison Fountain

Local History Sampler

Your Hometown History: A Local History Sampler
Sunday July 28 from 1-4pm
At the Cincinnati Observatory
Cincinnati has an amazingly rich history. So rich that few Cincinnatians have heard the stories of all the people and places that made Cincinnati the “Queen City of the West".

History organizations from Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati will gather at the Cincinnati Observatory to showcase their history, public & school programs and upcoming events with hands-on exhibits, demos and presentations.

Includes tours of the Observatory and safe sun viewing through the 174-year-old telescope (weather permitting).
Event held rain or shine. (indoors)
No reservations are needed. Drop in anytime between 1 & 4pm
All ages welcome.
A great resource for History Teachers

Cost:   Free
For further information, please call 513-321-5186

Intro to Astronomy

A 3-Night Series of Classes
Wednesdays August 7, 14, and 21 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.

Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186 for more info.

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.

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

July 28:   Your Hometown History, a Local History Sampler

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)