Cincinnati Observatory http://wvxu.org en Celebrating Celestial Summers at The Cincinnati Observatory http://wvxu.org/post/celebrating-celestial-summers-cincinnati-observatory <p><strong><a href="http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/" target="_blank">The Cincinnati Observatory</a></strong>, 'The Birthplace of American Astronomy' and home to the oldest professional telescope in the US, is always a wonderful destination for anyone, of any age, who is curious about science, astronomy and the world around them.</p><p>This summer, the observatory has several activities lined up to engage, entertain and enlighten those interested in the sun, the moon, Saturn - and other cosmic entities that make up our own solar system.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:05:25 +0000 Jim Nolan 27951 at http://wvxu.org Celebrating Celestial Summers at The Cincinnati Observatory Total Eclipse of the Moon http://wvxu.org/post/total-eclipse-moon <p>In the early morning hours of April 15 the Earth, Moon and Sun will align, creating a total lunar eclipse visible from anywhere in the Tri-state. The moon will appear coppery red during the eclipse, which is why many refer to it as a “blood moon.” Dr. Wes Ryle, assistant professor of Math and Physics at <a href="https://www.thomasmore.edu/" target="_blank">Thomas More College</a>, and <a href="http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/deanspace.html" target="_blank">Cincinnati Observatory</a> Assistant Director and Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas discuss the lunar eclipse, and how you can best enjoy the astronomical show.</p><p>This Saturday evening Dr. Ryle will offer a presentation on how to prepare for the eclipse, followed by a telescope viewing at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/TheBankofKentuckyObservatory" target="_blank">The Bank of Kentucky Observatory at TMC.</a> April 14 from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM you can camp-out on the <a href="http://www.thomasmore.edu/observatory/" target="_blank">Observatory </a>grounds to view the eclipse.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/" target="_blank">Cincinnati Observatory</a> will hold a lunar eclipse viewing April 15 from 2:00 to 5:30 AM. All viewings at both observatories depend, of course, on the weather. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:30:05 +0000 Mark Perzel 25320 at http://wvxu.org Total Eclipse of the Moon Meteorites Through the Observatory Lens http://wvxu.org/post/meteorites-through-observatory-lens <p></p><p> Sun, 03 Nov 2013 11:30:05 +0000 Mark Perzel 19176 at http://wvxu.org Meteorites Through the Observatory Lens Micro meteors will light up the night sky this weekend http://wvxu.org/post/micro-meteors-will-light-night-sky-weekend <p>Pull out a comfy lawn chair, grab some snacks and face to the east this weekend for a view of the annual Perseid&nbsp; meteor shower.&nbsp; Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas said the meteors are about the size of a grain of sand and hit the earth's atmosphere at more than 100,000 miles per hour.&nbsp; They reach 3,000 degrees fahrenheit, producing the flash of light you see.&nbsp;</p><p>"The only trick is, you have to be up pretty early in the morning to see most of them, usually between 2 and 5 a.m., which is a little early for most folks," said Regas.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 17:08:43 +0000 Mark Heyne 15994 at http://wvxu.org Micro meteors will light up the night sky this weekend How Cincinnati became the "Birthplace of American Astronomy." http://wvxu.org/post/how-cincinnati-became-birthplace-american-astronomy <P><A href="http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/">The Cincinnati Observatory </A>is celebrating an anniversary this weekend. It was 168 years ago that a prominent Cincinnatian made the city the "<STRONG>Birthplace of American Astronomy</STRONG>."</P> <P align=left><A href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ormsby_M._Mitchel">Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel </A>must have been a pretty convincing guy. In the mid-1800s he went door to door to collect 25 dollar donations for a telescope and observatory. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Ann Thompson 11357 at http://wvxu.org How Cincinnati became the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."