Cincinnati Observatory celebrates 168th anniversary

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Observatory is celebrating its 168th anniversary on Sunday.

The Observatory will host an anniversary event Sunday evening where the public can learn the story of how Ohio became the birthplace of American Astronomy.

The Cincinnati Observatory was founded by Ormsby McKnight Mitchel who, in 1842, generated public enthusiasm for astronomy through a series of public lectures.

A telescope was purchased form Munich, Germany in 1843 and was shipped to Cincinnati the next year.

The first conservatory was located in Mt. Adams. However, due to due to the heated air, smoke, and dust of the rapidly-growing city, the observatory moved to its current location in Mt. Lookout in 1873.

Observatory patrons will be able to look through the same telescope that 8 generations of Cincinnatians have looked through before them.

"We've got the moon up there and Jupiter, they're going to be in this conjunction," said Dean Dregas of the Cincinnati Observatory. "People probably saw it last night. They had that crescent moon and the bright star was Jupiter. We'll have the telescope trained on both of those things."

The anniversary event will be held on Sunday evening from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Admission is $7 per person and free for observatory members.

For more information, visit the Cincinnati Observatory's website.

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