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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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Thu - Dec 05
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 06
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 at 513-321-5186.

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Dec 07
  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 07
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Saturday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sun - Dec 08
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Sun - Dec 08
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  A2Z Astronomy Class
The A2Z Astronomy class meets the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm in the West Wing of the 1873 Herget Building.

Discussions cover contemporary Astronomical topics as well as those historic. There is no prerequisite knowledge of Math or Astronomy is necessary. The group meets for about an hour or so and is free to any member of the Observatory.

Thu - Dec 12
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Join us for Luminaria Night coming up on Sunday December 15th!
6:30-8:30pm.
Free. No reservations needed.

www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sun - Dec 15
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  Luminaria Night
Join us for the 39th year of this Mount Lookout tradition.

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

Santa will be at the Mt. Lookout Square with S'mores, hot chocolate and holiday music.

Enjoy free shuttle rides along luminaria lit streets to the Observatory for carolers, tours, Q&A, stargazing (if clear) and refreshments. The Observatory gift shop will be open for all your out-of-this-world gifts. Select artisans will be on hand with hand-crafted gifts too.

And as a special treat, Mr. John Ruthven will be at Luminaria offering signed, limited edition giclee' prints of his "Eyes of the Night" which features the Observatory!

Our thanks to John for his generous support of the Observatory.

Mon - Dec 16
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Out of This World Gifts!
Out of this World Gifts!
At the Cincinnati Observatory Center

Just in time for the Holidays the Observatory's Gift Shop will be open extra hours for your shopping convenience.

Before you buy that "toy store" telescope learn what to consider when purchasing a telescope for yourself, a friend or for your children. The Observatory Gift Shop stocks a selection of Orion brand telescopes that our astronomers have recommended.

Also available: Meteorites, Books, Science Activity Kits, Star Charts, Gift Memberships for the Stargazer in your Family, Observatory Merchandise and more!

Monday December 16
7:00-9:00PM

Saturday December 21
7:00-9:00PM

Sunday December 22
1:00-4:00PM

Monday December 23
10:00AM-4:00PM

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Thu - Dec 19
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sat - Dec 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Out of This World Gifts!
Out of this World Gifts!
At the Cincinnati Observatory Center

Just in time for the Holidays the Observatory's Gift Shop will be open extra hours for your shopping convenience.

Before you buy that "toy store" telescope learn what to consider when purchasing a telescope for yourself, a friend or for your children. The Observatory Gift Shop stocks a selection of Orion brand telescopes that our astronomers have recommended.

Also available: Meteorites, Books, Science Activity Kits, Star Charts, Gift Memberships for the Stargazer in your Family, Observatory Merchandise and more!

Sunday December 22
1:00-4:00PM

Monday December 23
10:00AM-4:00PM

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Sun - Dec 22
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Out of This World Gifts!
Out of this World Gifts!
At the Cincinnati Observatory Center

Just in time for the Holidays the Observatory's Gift Shop will be open extra hours for your shopping convenience.

Before you buy that "toy store" telescope learn what to consider when purchasing a telescope for yourself, a friend or for your children. The Observatory Gift Shop stocks a selection of Orion brand telescopes that our astronomers have recommended.

Also available: Meteorites, Books, Science Activity Kits, Star Charts, Gift Memberships for the Stargazer in your Family, Observatory Merchandise and more!

Sunday December 22
1:00-4:00PM

Monday December 23
10:00AM-4:00PM

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Sun - Dec 22
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Sun - Dec 22
7:00 PM - 8:25 PM
  Sunday With The Stars!
Come out and spend "Sunday with the Stars" at the Cincinnati Observatory.

Every fourth Sunday night (starting time dependent upon season), Chuck Strubbe will open up one of the Cincinnati Observatory's large, refracting telescopes for 2 hours. Chuck will be on hand to help you use the telescope, whether that means teaching you how to use it or finding objects in which you are interested.

No formal program is planned and you may come and go as you please. Questions are encouraged. Cloudy nights will be open to discussions of any and all astronomical subjects.

Free for Observatory Members.
No Reservations Required. (Chuck reserves the right to leave after the 1st half hour if no one shows)

Not an Observatory Member? Sign up now and join in all the excitement! www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Mon - Dec 23
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  Out of This World Gifts!
Out of this World Gifts!
At the Cincinnati Observatory Center

Just in time for the Holidays the Observatory's Gift Shop will be open extra hours for your shopping convenience.

Before you buy that "toy store" telescope learn what to consider when purchasing a telescope for yourself, a friend or for your children. The Observatory Gift Shop stocks a selection of Orion brand telescopes that our astronomers have recommended.

Also available: Meteorites, Books, Science Activity Kits, Star Charts, Gift Memberships for the Stargazer in your Family, Observatory Merchandise and more!

Monday December 23
10:00AM-4:00PM

For more information call 513-321-5186.

Thu - Dec 26
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Join us January 4th or 11th for the return of the King of the Planets-Jupiter!

Sat - Dec 28
  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 28
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Explore the Observatory
This Saturday bring your out-of-town guests to one of Cincinnati's most unique landmarks.
Drop in anytime between 12 and 4pm to explore the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether they are an astronomer, and engineer or history buff, they'll find the Observatory has something for all.
$5 per person suggested donation.
No reservations needed.

Sat - Dec 28
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  A Peek at Jupiter
Bring your out-of-town guests for a peek at Jupiter through Cincinnati's historic telescope.

Drop in anytime between 8 and 10 pm for a peek at the King of the Planets (telescope viewing weather dependent), astro Q&A and to explore the history of the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether an astronomer, and engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
$5 per person suggested donation.
No reservations needed.

Thu - Jan 02
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

Sat - Jan 04
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Jupiter Night
The King of the Solar System is back!

January is prime Jupiter-viewing time.
It will be the biggest and brightest for the year and you can see it in prime time at the Observatory.

Learn all about the largest planet in the solar system then view Jupiter's cloud tops and moons through our historic 1843 telescope (weather permitting). We will also take a closer look at the craters of the Moon and other objects with portable telescopes.

This is a great event for all ages.

Admission is $7 per person
No reservations required
For more info, call 513-321-5186

See Jupiter while it's close.

Thu - Jan 09
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Jan 10
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sat - Jan 11
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Jupiter Night
The King of the Solar System is back!

January is prime Jupiter-viewing time.
It will be the biggest and brightest for the year and you can see it in prime time at the Observatory.

Learn all about the largest planet in the solar system then view Jupiter's cloud tops and moons through our historic 1843 telescope (weather permitting). We will also take a closer look at the craters of the Moon and other objects with portable telescopes.

This is a great event for all ages.

Admission is $7 per person
No reservations required
For more info, call 513-321-5186

See Jupiter while it's close.

Sun - Jan 12
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Tue - Jan 14
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Intro to Astronomy: A 3 Night Course (Night 2/3)
For 2014 make your resolution to learn more astronomy. This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to learn more about observing the night sky, and the Cincinnati Observatory.

We will discuss the new and improved Solar System, Moon phases and features as well as identify major stars, constellations and planets. Plus we will show you how to get the most out of your binoculars and telescopes.

$50 for the series
$40 for Observatory members

Tuesdays January 7, 14 & 21
7-9pm To register call Dean Regas at: 513-321-5186

Thu - Jan 16
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Jan 17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Tue - Jan 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Intro to Astronomy: A 3 Night Course (Night 3/3)
For 2014 make your resolution to learn more astronomy. This introductory astronomy course is perfect for beginners who want to learn more about observing the night sky, and the Cincinnati Observatory.

We will discuss the new and improved Solar System, Moon phases and features as well as identify major stars, constellations and planets. Plus we will show you how to get the most out of your binoculars and telescopes.

$50 for the series
$40 for Observatory members

Tuesdays January 7, 14 & 21
7-9pm To register call Dean Regas at: 513-321-5186

Thu - Jan 23
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sat - Jan 25
  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

Tue - Jan 28
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Jupiter and the Gas Giants
Each unique in its own way, the giant planets remained mysterious and unreachable for centuries.

However, the Grand Tour of the Voyager probes and the follow-up missions of Galileo and Cassini have provided astronomers with intriguing data that will take years to interpret. This course will survey what we know and what we have yet to understand about the majestic giants of our solar system.

Presented by UC Communiversity.
$22.00
To register call UC at 513-556-6932 or go online: webapps.uc.edu

Terry Endres is a presenter with the Cincinnati Observatory Center and teaches astronomy at Cincinnati State.

Thu - Jan 30
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Sat - Feb 01
  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

Tue - Feb 04
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Stargazing 101
Constellations change in the heavens from season to season. In this class you will study the imaginative figures we call constellations.
Learn to use a planisphere to find any constellation at any given time and date.
If the weather is clear, we will go outside to find many of the brighter constellations; and you will also have the option of looking through the observatory telescope.

Dean Regas is the outreach teacher with the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

$22 per person
Plus optional $3.00 material fee

Enrollment is easy
Just a quick phone call (513-556-6932)
Or a few mouse clicks away
webapps.uc.edu

Thu - Feb 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 - Feb 07
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry - SOLD OUT!

Join us Saturday Feb 15th for Galileo's Birthday!
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

Sat - Feb 08
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  Caroline Herschel: An Astronomical Life
Dr. Barbara Ryden of Ohio State University looks at role of women in early days of “modern” astronomical exploration and how she became interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) career.

Free, no reservations needed.

Note Change of Venue. This presentation was originally scheduled to be held at the Cincinnati Astronomical Society.
www.cinastro.org

Sun - Feb 09
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  Historical Tours of the Cincinnati Observatory
Drop in anytime between 1 and 4pm to explore the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the "Birthplace of American Astronomy".

Whether you're an astronomer, engineer or history buff, you'll find the Observatory has something for all.
We'll explore Cincinnati's past and how the citizens of Cincinnati founded the nation's first public astronomical observatory. Learn why John Quincy Adams was so interested in what was only happening here in Cincinnati? What discoveries were made?
Why the move to the current Mt. Lookout location? You'll be surprised to hear which famous Cincinnati architect designed the Observatory. Discover how 19th century astronomers determined time for Cincinnati and how the first U.S. weather predictions were achieved.

The tours can be customized to match your interests and time.
These hands-on tours are great for younger visitors too and are aligned with Ohio’s 3rd & 4th grade social studies standards.

$5 per person suggested donation.
Group tours available by appointment.
www.cincinnatiobservatory.org

For other Cincinnati Treasures visit “Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati”.
www.historicgreatercincinnati.org

Thu - Feb 13
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!

Please join us Saturday Feb 15 to celebrate Galileo's 450th Birthday!

Fri - Feb 14
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Valentine's Night
SORRY - SOLD OUT!

There is nothing more romantic than the night sky. Starry-eyed lovers have been gazing upward in wonder for millennia. So this year give your Valentine a true, out-of-this-world experience at the Cincinnati Observatory high atop Mt. Lookout.

On Valentine's night, the "Birthplace of American Astronomy" will offer music, drinks, chocolate, flowers and viewing of the Moon and Jupiter through the historic telescopes (weather permitting)

Astronomer and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers, Dean Regas, will share stories about red stars of passion in the winter sky and there will be tours of the buildings.

This is your opportunity to "wish upon a star" and perhaps cuddle a bit beneath the Cincinnati Observatory's silvery domes.

$50 per couple.
Payment required at time of reservations.

For more info call 513-321-5186

Sat - Feb 15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Galileo's 450th Birthday Party
Galileo was born February 15, 1564.
So for his 450th birthday we have something special planned.

This program combines history and science to showcase not only his astronomical achievements with the telescope but also his greatest experiments. That's right, we'll be dropping things off the side of the building (to examine the force of gravity).

Viewing of Jupiter and the Galilean Moons through the historic 1843 telescope is included (weather permitting).

Admission is $7 per person
No reservations required
Great for all ages
For more info, call 513-321-5186.

Mon - Feb 17
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Behind the Scenes at the Observatory
Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world; explore the depths of the 1873 observatory including its attic and basement; and learn why President Adams laid the observatory's original cornerstone in 1843. Hear the fascinating history of the founding of the observatory; investigate how the 19th century astronomers determined time for the city of Cincinnati; discover why the observatory was designated a National Historic Landmark; and find out what is in store for the future.

John Ventre is the historian with the Cincinnati Observatory Center

Presented by UC Communiversity.
$22.00
To register call UC at 513-556-6932 or go online: webapps.uc.edu

Wed - Feb 19
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Written in the Stars: Cavalli's La Calisto
Opera and Astronomy Talk on Cavalli's La Calisto
At First Lutheran Church

Join Cincinnati Opera Artistic Director Evans Mirageas and special guest Dean Regas, Outreach Astronomer at the Cincinnati Observatory, as they discuss the astronomy, myth, and music of Francesco Cavalli's Baroque-era comedy. Following the talk, the discussion will move to Washington Park for a special viewing of Jupiter (weather permitting).

First Lutheran Church in Over the Rhine
1208 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Reservations required:
Call the Cincinnati Opera Box Office at (513) 241-2742 to reserve.

Thu - Feb 20
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
www.formstack.com

Fri - Feb 21
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
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Fri - Feb 21
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  Dance of the Gods: Motions of the Planets
For thousands of years our ancestors believed that our Earth was the immovable center of the Universe.

The apparent motions of the five naked-eye "wandering stars" (planets) presented a great challenge to anyone attempting to explain their changing locations in the night sky. Not until the European Renaissance did we finally glimpse the true nature of the motions of the planets and realize for the first time Earth's place in the solar system. Travel with us through history to investigate the model of Ptolemy and how scientists who came more than a thousand years later deciphered nature's clues to the understanding of the complex motions of the planets.

We will discuss ideas and observations of Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler and Galileo and how these great scientists solved the mystery of "The Dance of the Gods." Weather permitting, telescope viewing with the 1845 telescope will be part of the evening's activities.

Terry Flesch is an astronomer and a presenter at the Cincinnati Observatory Center.

A UC Communiversity Course.
$22 per person.
Call 556-6932 to register.
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Sat - Feb 22
  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.
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Thu - Feb 27
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Astronomy Thursday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Astronomy Evenings typically include short astronomy presentations on a wide variety of topics; plenty of time for your questions on anything having to do with outer space; a short tour of this National Historic Landmark followed with stargazing through the historic 1843 telescope!
(Program held rain or shine, viewing is weather permitting).

For ages 8 to 80.

The topics and the night sky change week to week/month to month so you can visit often to hear and see something new. Reservations required.

Astronomy Thursdays admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person. Astronomy Fridays are $7 for adults, $5 for children under 18.
Free for Observatory members!

Please call the Observatory @ 513.321.5186 for more information and for reservations.

Make your reservation online!
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Fri - Feb 28
  Astronomy Friday Public Program & Telescope Viewing
Sorry-SOLD OUT!
Sat - Mar 01
  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.
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