Astronomy Evenings with Jupiter and Mars
December 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 7:00pm
Jupiter and Mars viewing season is here and you can find out more about our brighest nighttime planets.
Astronomy Evenings with Jupiter and Mars includes a tour of historic buildings and telescopes, and viewing through telescopes (weather permitting).
The program is geared for ages 9 and up.
Admission is $15 for adults - $7 for children under 18 - Free for Observatory members!
Reservations and payment are required in advance.
Return of the Red Planet
Saturday December 3, from 7-10pm
After 26 months, the Red Planet is back. Mars, always a crowd favorite, will be the featured planet of the month starting with a viewing extravaganza called Marsapalooza.
The Cincinnati Observatory will open its doors and telescopes to the public while Mars is at its closest to Earth this year. There will be talks about Mars, tours of the buildings, and viewing through the historic telescopes (weather permitting).
Advanced tickets: $12/adult, $7/child (ages 3-17)
Day-of tickets: $15/adult, $10/child
Reservations recommended. Great for all ages.
Late Night, Date Night
Saturday December 17 at 10pm
Looking for a romantic night out and under the stars? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours. You'll get to use telescopes to view astronomical objects that are not visible until late at night.
And we will have viewing of both Mars AND Jupiter (weather permitting).
The program runs rain or shine. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll have fun showing you around the universe and behind the scenes at the Observatory.
Tickets: $30 per person
Space is limited. Adults Only. Singles welcome too.
COVID-19 Information for Nighttime Visitors
We recommend and encourage all guests to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth when attending in person Observatory programming.
For added safety, we will limit the number of attendees at all programs and events to ensure distancing can be maintained.
We will clean the public areas, equipment, and exhibits before and after each program and have hand sanitizer available in each building for visitors and staff.
We will be maintaining our policy that anyone who feels unwell or displays symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be asked to stay home.
All Cincinnati Observatory staff and volunteers are vaccinated against COVID 19 to help maintain their safety and wellness, as well as those of our guests.