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Celestial Sips

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary
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.

Late Night Date Night

Saturday June 8 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.

Space is extremely limited.  Adults only.

Admission is $25 per person

Register today by calling 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online. 

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!  

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)

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.

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

Sunday Sun-day Sundae

Sunday June 16, From 1-4pm

The Sun is the star attraction on this special Sunday 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 1845 telescope (weather permitting). 

As a special treat we will also have free sundaes for those in attendance. 

Admission is free thanks to a generous donor

No reservations needed.  Great for all ages.
For more 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

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)