by Cassie Lipp
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To the naked eye, there are not very many stars visible in the
Cincinnati night sky. However, a look through one of Cincinnati Observatory’s telescopes
on a clear day makes it possible to catch a glimpse of the galaxy. It’s no
wonder that the observatory’s assistant director and outreach astronomer Dean
Regas says the most common reaction from visitors is "Wow."Watching folks look through a telescope for the first time is his favorite part
of the job. “They put their eye up to the telescope, and their eyes literally
light up,” Regas says. “The light comes from millions to trillions of miles
away through the telescope, down the tube, into their eye, and you can see
their eyes light up.” He says visitors’ entire faces will then relax into a
Most people do not know what to expect when they walk into Cincinnati
Observatory. In fact, Regas himself didn’t know what to expect when he first
visited the observatory in 1998 when he attended an event to view a comet
“It’s a very intimate moment with the universe. I think we really excite
people’s imaginations a lot,” he says. “They see a bigger picture of things, in
Sparking this interest in the universe is at the core of the observatory’s
mission. Since it opened to the public in 2000, the observatory has been
dedicated to educating all generations and preserving the history of the site.
While it is the first major observatory in the Western Hemisphere, it is also
home to the oldest public telescope in the U.S. Built in Germany in 1843, the
telescope was first located in Mount Adams on the highest point in Cincinnati.
(Just picture 173 years’ worth of eyeballs peering out into space as you look
through the telescope).
However, coal smoke and other pollution flooding the valley made it impossible
to look at the sky. The telescope was moved to a more remote, rural area for
optimal viewing in 1873.
It’s because of the telescope that two of Cincinnati’s seven hills go their
names. The telescope’s former home got its name when John Quincy Adams
dedicated the observatory, and the land surrounding the telescope’s new home
was dubbed Mount Lookout.
The telescope is now house in a smaller building on the observatory’s property,
while a telescope purchased in 1904 is housed in the main building. Both are
still in use.
Before opening to the public in 2000, the observatory had long been neglected
and was seldom in use. “It was hard to notice the creepy building at the end of
the street,” Regas says. “It looked like it was abandoned — trees were all over
the place, ivy was growing on the buildings — it was black because of the
pollution, and they used the telescopes maybe a dozen times a year.”
The old building came back to life when neighborhood residents and a group of
amateur astronomers teamed up to reinvigorate the observatory. Yet with its
old-fashioned wood floors and furnishings, stepping into the observatory is
like taking a leap back in time. Since its rebirth, attendance at the
observatory has gone from 1,000 visitors per year to 26,000.
“To think that there are institutions like this in our city makes it a richer
city,” Regas says.
In addition to being open to the public every Thursday and Friday, there are
many different classes offered at the observatory, including programs for beginners
and continuing education classes for adults. It is a destination for many
school field trips and special events such as Moon-day Monday and Late Night
Date Night. Regas says many events become sold out within seconds of the signup
being uploaded to the observatory’s website.
Visitors can look forward to special events each time planets move to their
optimal viewing positions, with Jupiter Night on March 12, Marsapalooza on June
11 and Saturnday on July 9. You can also take classes at the observatory to
learn how to map out the plants’ movements yourself. Whether you’d like to take
classes, catch a glimpse of space or just take a tour of the historic building,
that building at the end of a cul-de-sac in Mount Lookout that you never
noticed has something for everyone.
information on the CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY: cincinnatiobservatory.org.
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
The Academy Award nominees
were announced Thursday, but you only need to know one name:
Dick Poop. Dick Poop! Read the rest of the stupid,
non-funnily named nominees here.
Dick Poop is the Adele
Dazeem of 2015.
And speaking of Idina
Menzel, the woman whose name was famously botched by John Travolta at last
year’s Oscars/she who is responsible for all the bitches still singing “Let It
Go” will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. John Legend
will also perform prior to the game, singing “America the Beautiful.” Katy
Perry is the half-time star; Lenny Kravitz (and surely many more to be
announced) will join her.
Is the moon a star or a
planet? Isaac Mizrahi and designer Jane Treacy discuss.
FYI, brainiacs, the moon is
just a moon. Don’t shame yourself by Googling it.
Parks and Recreation is busting out its final season with two episodes
per week, and while the show’s time jump to 2017 has provided some laughs
(Councilman Jamm fell for Tammy Two; Jerry is now Terry – Dammit, Terry!), it’s
nice to see the show go back to its roots. After opening the season with a feuding
Ron and Leslie, last night’s ep brought them back together — like never before.
And speaking of Parks and Rec, if you’re a serious fan
and/or serious gamer, someone is raising funds for a very serious Cones of
Dunshire game on Kickstarter.
So far they’ve got about 10 percent of their $300,000 goal, and it’ll cost you
a $500 donation to receive the game. Pretty steep, but I think Ben would
approve of the financial investment.Justin Bieber is the next
celeb to be roasted on Comedy Central. The Photoshop victim and general twat joked that he had finally
given the network enough material to work with. No film or air date yet, but Biebz says it’s a gift for his 21st birthday,
which is coming up on March 1 (so help us).
Kevin Hart hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend, but
all eyes were on musical guest Sia. Actually, her eyes were covered as she gave
the spotlight to her fellow (amazing) performers.
Maddie “Lil’ Sia” Ziegler
performed her blonde-wigged/nude-suited choreography for “Elastic Heart” with a
matching female dancer (instead of Shia LaBeouf, who costars in the video).
And then she performed
“Chandelier” with a badass mime.
All the feels!
And here’s a weird Kyle
Mooney (redundant) skit that was cut from the episode:
Lots of people are talking
about American Sniper: Did director
Clint Eastwood get snubbed for an Oscar nod? Is it “war porn?” Can we stop
talking about Bradley Cooper’s “transformation” as if eating 8,000 calories a
is some super difficult task? And what the fuck is happening with that fake
has been trending, and it all refers to a quick scene with Cooper and Sienna
Miller’s characters and their new baby. Which is most definitely a not-alive
doll. Seriously, an Oscar-nominated movie with a fake baby? Kids today just do not understand work ethic.
Finally, President Obama
gave the State of the Union Address last night, which is a real important
thing. Also important: John Boehner’s tan in corresponding Pantone colors:
Italian options make it worth the daytrip for city dwellers
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Hunter, Richard and Court Thomas, owners of 20 Brix in Milford, have done what any good financial manager advises: diversify. Last March they opened Padrino a few doors down from 20 Brix, extending Milford’s available restaurant options to a include a family-style, inexpensive Italian option.
Lots of options and price points for enhancing your outdoor living experience
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Outdoor living allows people to enjoy nearly all the comforts of indoors in a truly open and airy setting. The evolution of weather-resistant products now makes it possible to actually enjoy an outdoor living space without sacrificing style or comfort.