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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!  

Uncovering the Sun
   June 19 or June 20 from 7-9pm (two options)
      Explore our nearest star.
      Includes safe solar viewing (weather permitting)

To Mars and Beyond!
   Wednesday July 11 from 8-10pm
      Bravely go where no one has gone before and see what it takes to get to the Red Planet

The Planets of Summer
   Wednesday August 15 from 8-10pm
      This summer we can show you around the solar system - Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars

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.

First Star - A New Book by Will Hillenbrand

Book signing at the Cincinnati Observatory
Wednesday June 27 at 7pm

Beloved characters Bear and Mole return in First Star, the new picture book for young children by Cincinnati author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand.  In this beautiful and imaginative story, Hillenbrand spins an enchanting tale of friendship, storytelling, and starry nights.

Join Hillenbrand for an evening at the Cincinnati Observatory.  You can meet the author, learn about the story-making process, and get your favorite books signed.  Copies of First Star will be available for sale or you can bring your own Hillenbrand favorites. 

No reservations needed.

Admission: Free

For more information please call 513-321-5186.

Sunday Sun-day Sundae

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Sunday July 1 and August 5, from 1-4pm

The Sun is the star attraction these two Sundays 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 telescopes (weather permitting). 

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

No reservations needed. All ages welcome.

Admission is FREE thanks to Icon Solar

 For more information please call 513-321-5186

Late Night Date Night

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 Jupiter and Saturn and other 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

Adults only. 

Space is extremely limited so make reservations today by Signing Up Online or calling 513-321-5186.

American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute

Build a Clock

Saturday June 30
At the Cincinnati Observatory

Learn how mechanical clocks work while assembling your very own clock.

Your introduction to clockmaking begins with a tour of the Cincinnati Observatory and a short lecture about timekeeping's relationship to astronomy.

Then you will sit down at a clockmakers bench and the experienced clockmakers from the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute will show you how to assemble your own clock to take home to proudly display on the mantel.

No prior experience is necessary.
$495 pp.
Sign Up Online or call AWCI 513-367-9800


Saturday July 21, from 9-11pm

The lord of the rings shines in prime time!

The magnificent planet, most breathtaking object in the universe – Saturn - takes center stage at the Cincinnati Observatory for Saturnday. 

There will be viewing of Saturn through the telescopes (weather permitting), running talks, and tours of the buildings.  If clear, we will show you the Moon and Jupiter as well through portable telescopes.  Plus Loveland Dairy Whip will have a food truck selling soft serve.  

No reservations needed. Great for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/student, $5/Observatory member

For more information, please call 513-321-5186.

2018 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.

June 16:          Celestial Sips - Wine Tasting

June 23:         Astro Saturday - Sign Up to See Jupiter

June 27:         Will Hillenbrand book signing

July 1:           Sunday, Sun-Day, Sundae

July 21:          Saturnday - Rings at their best

July 27 and 28:   Marsapalooza!

August 5:           Sunday, Sun-Day Sundae 2

September 15:   ScopeOut - Telescope Fest

September 29:   Great Outdoor Weekend

November 8:  175th Anniversary Celebration

December 9:      Luminaria: Annual Holiday Event