Astronomy Fridays Beginning July 10



The Cincinnati Observatory will be open for public programming at 7pm on Friday nights starting July 10.  COVID-19 restrictions limit each group size to 12 people.

The 7pm program is geared for kids and families ages 7 and up and can include solar viewing (it won't be dark yet).  

The 9pm program is geared for highschoolers and adults and includes stargazing (weather permitting).  (SOLD OUT)

Each event includes a 30-minute presentation by a local astronomer on one of the many fascinating topics in astronomy followed by a guided stargaze through the oldest telescope in the United States – a 16-foot long wood and brass refractor first used in 1845 (weather permitting).  At the 7pm program we can observe the Sun safely (it's not dark yet) and at the 9pm we observe a variety of objects including the Moon, planets, and stars.

If cloudy, you'll get a guided historical tour of the observatory where you’ll see not only how the old telescope works but also the “new” one – a 22-foot long metal refractor made in 1904.  You'll also learn about the role that Cincinnati has played in the growth of astronomy in the United States.

Admission: $10/adult, $5/child, Free for Observatory Members

Reservations and payment are required in advance.

We unfortunately cannot accept drop-ins at this time. 

Space is limited to 12 visitors per program as we will follow COVID-19 safety procedures.  

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Programs are held rain or shine. You never know about the weather in Cincinnati and it does not have to be a completely clear night to permit viewing.  If the weather does not allow viewing, the presenters will offer an extended questions & answers session, tours of the two wonderful observatory buildings and show off our two magnificent telescopes. All will just whet your appetite for a return visit!

COVID-19 Information for Visitors

To better protect the health and safety of our staff and guests, we will ensure the following practices are followed.  We are following all protocols set forth by the State of Ohio to minimize the risk of transmission.

  1. Social Distancing: We will follow social distancing guidelines while inside and outside the Observatory by maintaining a six-foot distance between staff and participants during our programs. 

  2. Encourage cleanliness: We will clean the public areas, props, and exhibits before and after each program and have hand sanitizer available in each building for program participants. 

  3. Limiting numbers: We will follow the State of Ohio guidelines to keep group sizes limited to fewer than 12 guests.

  4. Face Masks: Staff and volunteers will wear face masks during the programs.         All visitors must wear face masks inside the buildings.  Masks may be provided if you need one. 

  5. Staying home when necessary: Please stay home if you feel unwell or display symptoms associated with COVID-19.