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UC Communiversity offers a wide variety of hands-on personal enrichment and professional development courses (adults of all ages).

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Spaceballs
Monday July 16 from 8-10pm
$35.00

How would a home run look on Mars? Could you hit a baseball off the Moon? Answering these questions requires knowledge of physics, mathematics, and planetary science, but it's not as hard as one might think. With the right information, anyone can figure it out! Join local astrophysicist Aaron Eiben at the Cincinnati Observatory to see just how. If the sky is clear, we will also gaze through the best telescope in town.
Aaron Eiben is a self-proclaimed nerd with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently the Outreach Scientist of the Cincinnati Observatory, where he shares his passion for the Cosmos with everyone he meets

How To Use Your Telescope
Tuesday July 17 from 8-10pm
$35.00

Do you have a telescope sitting in the closet or over in the corner and you would love to use it if you only knew how?  Do the dials and knobs leave you mystified? Intimidated? Which end do you look through? There are all of these various pieces that do what? Perhaps you know how your telescope works (sort of), but you’re not sure what to do with it.  You say you can find the Moon, but beyond that, the telescope won’t cooperate. Fear not! The answers are all here. However, much you know or don’t know about YOUR telescope, I guarantee you will leave with enough knowledge to take on your scope, one-on-one, and come out victorious.  We start with the sky and end with your eye. Your telescope will forever be your friend (until you get a bigger friend!). Bring your telescope along, cardboard spyglass or Hubble wannabe, and we’ll make this a hands-on learning experience.
Dave Bosse is an Instructor of Astronomy at the University of Cincinnati and has been teaching at U.C for over 35 years.

How We Know What We Know about the Universe
Monday August 6 from 7-9pm
$35.00

This class looks ta the technologies and techniques astronomers use to explore and understand the Universe, beginning with 19th century spectroscopic discoveries to present-day detection of gravity waves.
Terry Endres is a presenter with the Cincinnati Observatory Center and teaches astronomy at Cincinnati State.

Tour of the Universe
Monday August 20 from 8-10pm
$35.00

Explore space from the Earth and beyond! Fly past the moon, the planets, the stars, and galaxies to the edge of what is known. Bring your questions about the Cosmos, and our Observatory Scientist will answer as many as he can. View through the oldest operational telescope in the country, weather permitting.  Ad Astra!
Aaron Eiben is a self-proclaimed nerd with bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently the Outreach Scientist of the Cincinnati Observatory, where he shares his passion for the Cosmos with everyone he meets

Longitude: John Harrison and His Clocks
Wednesday September 5 from 8-10pm
$35.00

Knowing what time, it is, exactly, has been part and parcel of knowing where you are on the planet, especially at sea. Comparing sky-time with your clock-time told you where you were, your longitude. This was a nearly impossible task with the mechanisms of early time keeping up to the 18th century, which resulted in seafaring catastrophe after catastrophe; lost at sea or found on the reef.  All of that changed in the 1700’s because of the life-long work of a third-grade educated, back-woods carpenter, who took on the scientific establishment of his day and brought us into the world of modern, accurate time-keeping.

John Harrison’s clocks and advances in clock making told us what time it is, exactly, and set records in accuracy that stood for centuries, even into the 21st century. Let’s find out what makes clocks tick (literally).
Dave Bosse is an instructor of astronomy at the University of Cincinnati where he has taught for over 35 years

Behind the Scenes
Tuesday September 18 from 8-10pm
$35.00

Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.
John Ventre is the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center.