Public Events

Winter Astronomy Camp

At the Cincinnati Observatory
December 28 and January 2, 3, and 4

We're partnering with the Cincinnati Museum Center to bring 4 days of out-of-this-world fun for students grades K-6.  

All camps include an afternoon snack and hours full of exciting and educational activities.  Registration is flexible so you can sign up for 1-4 days.  All camps run from 9am-4pm with before and after care available.

Dates and Topics for Grades K-6

December 28: Moons Camp
January 2: Spectacular Solar System Camp
January 3: Living in Space Camp
January 4: Rockets Camp

Winter Camps are $50 per day for Museum Center Members and $55 for non-members. 

Call 513-287-7001 or visit: Cincinnati Museum Center Winter Camps

Late Night Date Night

January 12, from 10:30pm-Midnight

(January 5 is SOLD OUT)

Looking for a romantic Saturday night out under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use one of the large, historic telescopes 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!  

Winter Sky - Tues. January 8 or 15, 7-9pm
   Identify constellations of the season like Orion, Taurus, and more

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

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.

Intro to Astronomy

Wednesdays January 9, 16 and 23 from 7–9pm

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.  Sign Up Online or call 513-321-5186 to register.

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. January 19:  Eclipses (just in time for the Lunar Eclipse on Jan 20)
        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.

Paul Sutter Says

“We Need to Talk About the Death of the Universe”
At the Cincinnati Observatory
Monday January 14, 8pm 

Our universe changes every day. It was different in the past, and it will be different in the future. This is something we just learned about a hundred years ago, and we are still wrestling with the implications. Including, but not limited to, the fact that someday no more stars will shine.  But that’s no reason to get depressed! 

Join Paul Sutter, the cosmological researcher at the Ohio State University and chief scientist at the COSI Science Center (Center of Science and Industry), for a fun and lively discussion about the fate of the universe.

Following his talk, Paul will be selling and signing his latest book, Your Place in the Universe

Admission is Free. Reservations are recommend by calling 513-321-5186.

Total Lunar Eclipse

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday January 20, from 10pm-Midnight

The Sun, Earth, and Moon will align and give us a lunar eclipse on the night of January 20 and the Tri-state is in perfect position to see the whole thing.

The eclipse begins at 10:33pm when the shadow of the Earth first starts crossing the face of the Moon.  Then at 11:41pm, the Moon will be totally in the Earth’s shadow and turn all sorts of colors.  Will the Moon turn eerie gray, pumpkin orange, or blood red?  You will have to see it for yourself!

The program runs only under clear skies.  It is canceled if cloudy. 

Although you have to stay up late, most people are off work and school the next day for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Admission: $5/person

No reservations required.  For more information, please 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.  Call us for details: 513-321-5186.

January 20, 2019:   Total Lunar Eclipse

February 14, 2019:      Valentine's Night

February 19-20, 2019:      Supermoons!

March 20, 2019:      Spring Equinox and Full Moon

April 14, 2019:      First Light Night

June 16, 2019:     Sunday Sun-day Sundae

July 6 and 13, 2019:     Jupiter Nights

July 20, 2019:     50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

August 3 and 10, 2019:     Saturndays