Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel

Cincinnati Observatory
6:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

How Cincinnati became the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."

The original Cincinnati Observatory in Mt. Adams.
Cincinnati Observatory

The Cincinnati Observatory is celebrating an anniversary this weekend. It was 168 years ago that a prominent Cincinnatian made the city the "Birthplace of American Astronomy."

Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel 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. Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer Dean Regas tells the story.

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