Friday May 16
From 10:30 pm-12:00 am

Can’t sleep? Looking for a unique Friday 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 show you around the Observatory.

Admission is $10 per person

To make reservations please call 513-321-5186.

JOHN RUTHVEN; the 20th Century Audubon

At the Cincinnati Observatory
Tuesday May 20 at 7pm

John Ruthven will sign limited edition prints of Eyes of the Night which features the Observatory! John will also offer insights into Eyes of the Night and his career as Cincinnati’s foremost wildlife artist.

The signed 14"x 20" prints are offered for $150. Proceeds support the Observatory’s education programs. We appreciate Mr. Ruthven’s generous support of the Observatory and the greater Cincinnati community!

Free, no reservations needed. For more information contact Craig Niemi at 513-321-5186 or 


At the Cincinnati Observatory
Saturday June 7
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 historic telescope (weather permitting), running talks, and tours of the buildings.  If clear, portable telescopes will show visitors the Moon, and Mars as well.   

No reservations needed. 
Cost: $7 per person.
Great for all ages.

For more information please call 513-321-5186