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Unless otherwise noted, reservations are required for all programs.

For Astro Thursday and Friday programs you may Register Online or by clicking the link at the bottom of the event description. Or to register, call 513-321-5186 or email the Observatory.

Reservations are not guaranteed until they are confirmed by the Observatory. For additional information on Observatory programs, click the Education Programs or Public Events tabs above.

The Observatory offers many "Members Only" programs.  For Membership information call 513-321-5186 or Join Online

For additional information on Observatory programs, click here.

Free public stargazes at Ohio's Stonelick Lake State Park
School Field Trips, Scout and other Outreach Education programs.
Directions to the Observatory.  


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Wed - Oct 03
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy 101 for Members
September 5, 7pm
October 3, 7pm
November 7, 7pm

The classes are free for one member at the $50 Family Membership or higher, for two people in the same family at the $75 Star Cluster Membership or higher. If you need to upgrade, we can do that.

Space is limited so please RSVP by email. Of course I’d love it if you can make all three classes, but if you can only make one or two, please let me know that as well.

Hope to see you soon,
Dean
dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org

Thu - Oct 04
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Friends of the Observatory Monthly Meeting
Enjoy one of the most exciting learning opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Become a member and help us maintain an important part of Cincinnati's and the nation's scientific and architectural heritage. Astronomy presentations, news and telescope viewing for members of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Join Today!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Oct 05
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  FOTOKids & FOTOTeens Youth Astronomy Club
A benefit of Family Memberships and above.

Monthly astronomy clubs for kids 6-9 and 10-15+ years of age (and their parents!) who have a deeper interest in astronomy and are available to attend regular monthly evening meetings.
Both clubs meet simultaneously; meeting times change with the seasons.
For more information, contact Dean Regas (FOTO-Teens) or Leo Sack (FOTO-Kids) at 513-321-5186.

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Oct 05
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  Late Night @ the Observatory
Can't sleep? Looking for a unique night out? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours - long after the "early crowd" has gone home. 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. Plus, zoom in on a late-rising moon, or watch the whole sky for a meteor shower or satellite passes. Each night is different and special!

These programs are recommended for adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll have fun with some of the crazy science experiments and "adult" constellation mythology stories that we can't share with family audiences.

Admission is $10 per person
To make reservations please call 513-321-5186.

Thu - Oct 11
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Oct 12
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Oct 13
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com.

Sat - Oct 13
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  Mt. Airy Forest Festival: Outdoor Fun for Families!
Bring the entire family to this fun-filled day of activities, such as bird of prey shows, close encounters with snakes and other reptiles, children's crafts, strolling entertainment with juggling and balloon artists, nature and outdoor recreation demonstrations, children entertainment on the showmobile, inflatables, and a variety of food vendors.

The Cincinnati Observatory will be there with safe views of the sun, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Donation requested: $1/person or $3/family.

Visit www.cincinnatiparks.com for a full schedule of activities during the event.

Sun - Oct 14
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm and explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".
$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
Thu - Oct 18
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Oct 20
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com.

Thu - Oct 25
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Oct 27
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Teacher Make-It & Take-It Workshops
Make Your Own Astronomy Education Materials & Kits!

Bring the universe to life in your classroom with hands-on, practical astronomy materials, designed by the experts and built by… you! In each workshop, you have the opportunity to make your own teaching tools, learn how to use them with lessons and activities, and then take your creations home with you! The workshop fee covers the cost of all materials. Reservations are required – call Leo at 513-321-5186 to sign up!

Limited to 15 participants.

Upcoming Workshops:

Solar System in a Sun – 3D Scale Hike Kit
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Planetarium Projectors and Star Wheels
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Sky Measurement Tools
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Moon Phases & Eclipses Kit
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Seasons, Sundials, & Solargraph Cameras
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Sat - Oct 27
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Scout Badge Night for Cubs
For information contact COC Outreach Educator, Leo Sack.

513-321-5186 or leo@cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sun - Oct 28
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm and explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".
$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
Tue - Oct 30
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Optics-A Look Inside the Worksings of the Telescope
A UC Communiversity Course.
$18 per person.
Call 556-6932 to register.
www.uc.edu
Thu - Nov 01
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Friends of the Observatory Monthly Meeting
Enjoy one of the most exciting learning opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Become a member and help us maintain an important part of Cincinnati's and the nation's scientific and architectural heritage. Astronomy presentations, news and telescope viewing for members of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Join Today!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Nov 02
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  FOTOKids & FOTOTeens Youth Astronomy Club @ NKU
A benefit of Family Memberships and above.

Monthly astronomy clubs for kids 6-9 and 10-15+ years of age (and their parents!) who have a deeper interest in astronomy and are available to attend regular monthly evening meetings.
Both clubs meet simultaneously; meeting times change with the seasons.
For more information, contact Dean Regas (FOTO-Teens) or Leo Sack (FOTO-Kids) at 513-321-5186.

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Wed - Nov 07
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy 101 for Members
September 5, 7pm
October 3, 7pm
November 7, 7pm

The classes are free for one member at the $50 Family Membership or higher, for two people in the same family at the $75 Star Cluster Membership or higher. If you need to upgrade, we can do that.

Space is limited so please RSVP by email. Of course I’d love it if you can make all three classes, but if you can only make one or two, please let me know that as well.

Hope to see you soon,
Dean
dean@cincinnatiobservatory.org

Thu - Nov 08
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
SORRY- _ SOLD OUT!

Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Nov 09
  Late Night @ the Observatory
SORRY- - SOLD OUT!

Can't sleep? Looking for a unique night out? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours - long after the "early crowd" has gone home. 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. Plus, zoom in on a late-rising moon, or watch the whole sky for a meteor shower or satellite passes. Each night is different and special!

These programs are recommended for adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll have fun with some of the crazy science experiments and "adult" constellation mythology stories that we can't share with family audiences.

Admission is $10 per person
To make reservations please call 513-321-5186. Late Night @ the Observatory

Sat - Nov 10
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com.

Sat - Nov 10
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  First in the Nation: An Evening of History and Science
Experience the fascinating history of the first public astronomical observatory in the nation. From its founding in 1842 to the behind-the-scenes of today. What was John Quincy Adams' role in the Observatory's history? Get a glimpse of the unique cast of characters that made Cincinnati the Birthplace of American Astronomy.

You'll explore the recesses of the Samuel Hannaford designed 1873 observatory. We'll investigate how the Observatory's 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati and our other astronomical "firsts". What does it mean to be a National Historic Landmark and find out what is in store for the future. Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world.

John Ventre is the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center and will be joined by his colleagues from the Museum Committee to bring you an evening of science and history.

$5 per person, free for Observatory members
Reservations required.
call 513-321-5186 for more information and to sign up.

Thu - Nov 15
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Nov 17
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com.

Sat - Nov 17
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  Teacher Make-It & Take-It Workshops
Make Your Own Astronomy Education Materials & Kits!

Bring the universe to life in your classroom with hands-on, practical astronomy materials, designed by the experts and built by… you! In each workshop, you have the opportunity to make your own teaching tools, learn how to use them with lessons and activities, and then take your creations home with you! The workshop fee covers the cost of all materials. Reservations are required – call Leo at 513-321-5186 to sign up!

Limited to 15 participants.

Upcoming Workshops:

Planetarium Projectors and Star Wheels
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Sky Measurement Tools
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Moon Phases & Eclipses Kit
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Seasons, Sundials, & Solargraph Cameras
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM Cost: $35

Sat - Nov 17
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Meet a Meteorite!
Like rocks? Well, these are Out-of-this-World.!

The Cincinnati Observatory will be the gathering place of the finest meteorite collections in the region.

• See and hold rocks from outer space, including rocks from the Moon and Mars
• Learn how meteorites are formed and collected
• Discover how to distinguish meteorites from meteor-wrongs
• Adopt a meteorite! Meteorites will be available in the Observatory gift shop for sale.
We will also view the Moon and Jupiter through our historic telescopes (weather permitting).

No reservations required.
Cost: $7/adult; $5/child.

Fri - Nov 23
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry SOLD Ouot.
Join us Saturday for Jupiter Night!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Nov 24
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Jupiter Night
You may have heard... You may have seen... The king of the solar system is back! Jupiter has returned to the evening skies with its fabled red spot, fickle stripes, and 63 moons. And it is BRIGHT.

The Observatory celebrates Jupiter with optional classes at 8 or 9pm about our largest planet, new discoveries like the new red spots, the disappearing stripe, the newly found moons, and asteroids slamming into it. Then, see the cloud tops of Jupiter and the four largest moons through our historic 1843 and 1904 telescopes (weather permitting). We will also take a closer look at the craters of the Moon.

Self-guided tours, kids Jupiter craft, and much more. You'll get to use the oldest telescope in the U.S. plus several portable telescopes outside. Drop in anytime between 8-10pm - Check in at the smaller of the two buildings.

Perfect for all ages.

Admission is $7 per person

This is a great event for all ages.

See Jupiter while it's close!

Sun - Nov 25
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm and explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".
$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
Thu - Nov 29
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Nov 30
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Dec 01
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  Scout Badge Night for Cubs
For information contact COC Outreach Educator, Leo Sack.

513-321-5186 or leo@cincinnatiobservatory.org

Thu - Dec 06
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
  Friends of the Observatory Monthly Meeting
Enjoy one of the most exciting learning opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Become a member and help us maintain an important part of Cincinnati's and the nation's scientific and architectural heritage. Astronomy presentations, news and telescope viewing for members of the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

Join Today!

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Dec 07
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  FOTOKids & FOTOTeens Youth Astronomy Club
A benefit of Family Memberships and above.

Monthly astronomy clubs for kids 6-9 and 10-15+ years of age (and their parents!) who have a deeper interest in astronomy and are available to attend regular monthly evening meetings.
Both clubs meet simultaneously; meeting times change with the seasons.
For more information, contact Dean Regas (FOTO-Teens) or Leo Sack (FOTO-Kids) at 513-321-5186.

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Dec 07
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
  Late Night @ the Observatory
Can't sleep? Looking for a unique night out? Come see what the Observatory is like after hours - long after the "early crowd" has gone home. 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. Plus, zoom in on a late-rising moon, or watch the whole sky for a meteor shower or satellite passes. Each night is different and special!

These programs are recommended for adults only. If the weather does not permit viewing, we'll have fun with some of the crazy science experiments and "adult" constellation mythology stories that we can't share with family audiences.

Admission is $10 per person
To make reservations please call 513-321-5186. Late Night @ the Observatory

Sun - Dec 09
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm and explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".
$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
Sun - Dec 09
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Luminaria Festival
Join us for the 37th year of this Mount Lookout tradition. As the neighborhood lights up the streets, the Cincinnati Observatory will open its buildings and telescopes for the general public. Cruise from Mount Lookout Square to the Observatory for carolers, stargazing, a gift shop, and hot drinks. .

Enjoy free rides between the Observatory and Square along luminaria lit streets.

This family friendly event is free for all ages. Perfect for all ages. No reservations required

Sat - Dec 15
  Free Stargazes at Stonelick State Park
This is a great opportunity to view planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters and stars. It is also a good chance to see many different types of telescopes in action, ask questions and become involved in the fascinating world of astronomy.

Amateur astronomers are more than willing to have you look through their telescopes as well as explain astronomical concepts, from basic to complex.

Free and great for all ages.

Begins at dusk. Held only if clear skies.
Weather updates on Facebook: www.facebook.com.

Sat - Dec 15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Adult Myth Night
Learn all about your favorite heavenly myths from local expert Dean Regas. He will share the best, grossest, sexiest stellar legends from Greek mythology. Learn about Orion and his loves, the dramatic rescue of Andromeda, the decapitation of Medusa, where Venus really came from, and Zeus' patented ways of picking up mortals. Best of all, it is uncensored and for adults only!

$10/adult

Viewing through the hisrotic 1843 telescope will follow (weather permitting).
Space is limited. Reservations required by calling 513-321-5186

Thu - Dec 20
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Dec 22
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Not The End of the World
After the Mayan calendar "resets" and we wake up to see the world continuing to exist on December 22, the Cincinnati Observatory welcomes you to celebrate a night under the stars. Visit the oldest professional telescope in America and learn about the Mayan Astronomy from Astronomer Dean Regas, co-host of PBS' Star Gazers.

Then view through the 1843 and 1904 telescopes as well as several portable scopes to see the Moon, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula (weather permitting.

Admission: $10/adults, $5/kids
FREE for Observatory Members

No reservations required.
Perfect for all ages.

Celebrate your survival and ring in a "new age" with the Observatory.

Sun - Dec 23
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm and explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".
$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org
Thu - Dec 27
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Fri - Dec 28
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy presentations, Q&A, tour and telescope viewing (Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week so you can visit often. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Dec 29
10:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  Measuring Midnight
If you want to be prepared to lead the countdown to midnight at your New Yea'’s party, you’d better make sure your clock is set accurately! Join us 48 hours before the big moment, and learn how to use the stars to measure midnight, down to the second!

Astronomers have always been the ultimate authorities on the measurement of time. Join us as we explore – and recreate! – the Cincinnati Observatory's key role in the history of timekeeping.

We'll tell the story of how the Observatory's meridian transit telescope was used to measure time by the motion of the stars, and how the Observatory's master clocks and time ball were used to maintain and communicate time for the rest of the city. Then, we'll try some timekeeping of our own, using telescopes and the bright stars of Orion to set our modern clocks. Bring a watch, and take your hand-measured Time home with you.

Admission is $10 per person.
To make reservations please call 513-321-5186.

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