Behind the Scenes at the Cincinnati Observatory

Look to the heavens through the oldest continuously used telescope in the world, explore the depths of the 1873 Cincinnati Observatory.


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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY

Tues., Sept. 14, 7-9 pm / $29 / One Class
Instructor: John Ventre
Cincinnati Observatory: 3489 Observatory Place, Cincinnati

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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. You’ll 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. The Moon will be viewed through the telescope following the program, weather permitting.


About Your Instructor

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John Ventre

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John Ventre taught astronomy at UC and served as the first director of the Cincinnati Observatory Center. He is also the resident “Luna-tic;” everything about the Moon fascinates him and often presents lectures on the subject.