The Cincinnati Observatory was established in 1842 and, according to the Observatory's website, it is "home to the world's oldest telescope still in use nightly by the general public." It is a "fully functioning 19th century observatory," and it is used by both professional and amateur astronomers.
The Observatory is a very popular resource for education in this area, and I remember going there on field trips when I was a kid. But to be totally honest, I had forgotten about it until I started looking for topics for my A-Z of Cincinnati.
It's funny to me that I had forgotten about it, because ever since I started reading my friend M.Pax's blog Wistful Nebulae last year and discovered her amazing photos from the Observatory where she volunteers, I have been fascinated by star-gazing and I love to read about her adventures. I can't believe it never dawned on me that if I want to do my own star-gazing I have a place to do it right here in my own backyard! I'm going to have to make some of my own visits this summer and see what I can discover myself.
In honor of Mary's amazing Observatory photos, I wanted to use this post to give a big shout-out for her upcoming blog hop, the Backworlds Launch Party. Mary's new book The Backworlds will be released on May 7, and she's having a party to celebrate.
The Backworlds is the first book in a series, and I know it will be an amazing book. Mary's a great writer, and her first book Semper Audacia was an excellent read. I can't wait to take a trip to her Backworlds.
If you want to sign up for the launch party, click here for the list. Hope to see you on the 7th!