Public Events

Saturday Night With the Stars

Saturday September 29, 8-10pm

Get outdoors – really outdoors at the Cincinnati Observatory.

We’ll take you to the planets, stars and beyond with views through our many telescopes. Under clear skies you’ll see giant Jupiter, the ringed planet Saturn and the Red Planet, Mars. If it’s cloudy you can tour historic observatories and walk the beautiful grounds.

A Great Outdoor Weekend Event
No reservations required.
Free and open to the public.

Great Outdoor Weekend lets children and adults to sample the best outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available in Greater Cincinnati region. There are over 100 events available—all are free and open to the public.

Baseball at the Observatory

Sunday October 7, from 1-3pm

We’re combining two first for this event – The country’s first public Observatory and the country’s first baseball team: The Cincinnati Red Stockings!

The Observatory will be the site of a Cincinnati Red Stockings baseball game! Choose a side to cheer on as the Red Stockings take on the Cincinnati Buckeyes in the field to the left of the Observatory. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to make an afternoon of it!

After the game, take pictures with the players and then enjoy a tour of the Observatory and do some solar viewing, weather permitting.

This event is free ($5 donation is appreciated to support our Youth Outreach work)

No reservations needed.  Family friendly and all are welcome.

*Note: The Cincinnati Double Stars is a fictional baseball team of astronomers.  They were not very good.

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!  

Hubble’s Greatest Hits
   Wednesday October 17, from 7-9pm
   Explore the best images of the universe

Moon Landing
   Wednesday November 14, from 7-9pm
   What is it like to live on the Moon?  This is your survival guide

Guide Stars
   Wednesday December 12, from 7-9pm
   Learn how to use star charts, astronomy apps, and space software

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.

International Observe-the-Moon Night

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday October 20, from 7-9pm

The Cincinnati Observatory is the local sponsor of the world-wide event to show people the Magnificent Moon.  Weather permitting, observatory members will fire up the telescopes and let you zoom into craters and see the lunar surface with your own eye. 

Experience this international, extra-terrestrial event at your local Observatory. 

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

No reservations are required.

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

Astronomer Amanda Bauer

Lecture at the Cincinnati Observatory
Friday October 26, 7:30pm

The Observatory welcomes back noted astronomer and University of Cincinnati graduate Dr. Amanda Bauer for a special presentation. Dr. Bauer will speak on her current work with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Tucson, Arizona, her previous positions working in England and Australia, and her life and career path.  

Young women interested in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) looking to learn more about how to grow that interest into a career are specifically invited to this event. There will be a program by Dr. Bauer, a question and answer session, and time afterwards for guests to chat with her as well.  

Middle, high school, and college students are welcome as well as adults.   

The event is free but reservations are required.  

Call 513-321-5186 or Register Online.

Late Night Date Night

Saturday November 3

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.

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 limited.  Adults only.

To make reservations please call 513-321-5186 or Sign Up Online

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. 

Upcoming dates and topics:

         September 29 (Date Change):  Aliens!
         October 13:   Black Holes
         November 10:  Constellations
         December 8:  Crash Landing on the Moon

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.  Sign Up For Cosmic Kids Online or call 513-321-5816.

Irish Dark Skies

Take an Astronomical Tour of Ireland
With Dean Regas, May 1-9, 2019

Stroll through the picturesque gardens of the historic Birr Castle and see the giant telescope named "The Leviathan".  Wander through the ruins of stone-age Newgrange a site older than Stonehenge. See Kerry Reserve, Killarney National Park, Lough Gur, and many more sights of the Emerald Isle.  And every clear night, Dean Regas will be your personal tour guide to the night sky.  

This will be an unforgettable journey through a grand tradition of astronomy.

For More Information and to Register

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.

September 29:   Great Outdoor Weekend

October 7:    Baseball at the Observatory

October 20:   International Observe the Moon Night

October 26:    Astronomer Dr. Amanda Bauer

November 8:  175th Anniversary Celebration

November 17:   Meet a Meteorite

December 9:      Luminaria: Annual Holiday Event