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Daytime and Nighttime Hours

We are open Monday-Friday from Noon-4pm to see the historic buildings and telescopes More Info. 

And we are open most Thursday and Friday nights to view through the telescopes to see the Moon, stars and planets.  Visit Us at Night

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Local History Sampler

Your Hometown History: A Local History Sampler
Sunday July 28 from 1-4pm
At the Cincinnati Observatory
 
Cincinnati has an amazingly rich history. So rich that few Cincinnatians have heard the stories of all the people and places that made Cincinnati the “Queen City of the West".  History organizations from Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati will gather at the Cincinnati Observatory to showcase their history, public & school programs and upcoming events with hands-on exhibits, demos and presentations.

Participating organizations include:
Anderson Township Historical Society      Baker-Hunt Art & Cultural Center
Behringer Crawford Museum                     Butler County Historical Society
Delhi Historical Society                             Fort Thomas Military Museum
Greater Cincinnati Police Museum            Harriet Beecher Stow​e House
Heritage Village Museum                           Lloyd Library
Over the Rhine Museum                            Oxford Museum Association
St. Bernard Historical Society                   Society for the Preservation of Music Hall

Includes tours of the Observatory and safe sun viewing through the 174-year-old telescope (weather permitting).
Cost: Free!            Event held rain or shine. (indoors)
No reservations are needed. Drop in anytime between 1 & 4pm
All ages welcome.  A great resource for History Teachers
For further information, please call 513-321-5186

Saturndays

At the Cincinnati Observatory

Saturday August 3 and 10, 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 Saturndays. 

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.   

No reservations needed.  Great for all ages.

Cost: $10/adult, $5/student, Free for Observatory Members

            ***Special - Join that night and receive free admission***

 For more information, please 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! 

Summer Stars – Tuesday August 13, 8-10pm
   From the Scorpion to the Dragon, learn to identify the constellations of the season

All About Saturn – Tuesday September 24, 8-10pm
   Hitch a ride on the Cassini spacecraft for the best views of this spectacular planet

Monsters in the Sky – Tuesday October 15, 7-9pm
   Learn the stories in the stars that include some gross and scary stuff

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

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.

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
July 22-26
    Grades K-2: Future Astronauts
    Grades 3-7: Rocket Science

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

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.

July 28:   Your Hometown History, a Local History Sampler

August 3 and 10:   Saturndays (Focusing on the ringed planet)

August 4:   Sunday Sun-day Sundaes (seeing the Sun safely)

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 15:   Luminaria (Holiday Open House)