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Need a fresh idea for date night? We learn about an upcoming event that’ll bring out your inner romantic, historian and scientist — all with a memorable night under the stars.

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The Cincinnati Observatory will host Late Night Date Night this Valentine’s Day weekend.

Craig Niemi, executive director at the Cincinnati Observatory, and his team wanted to offer something a little different than the regular public astronomy nights for adults, young professionals and Millennials, so they launched Late Night Date Night.

These late night events typically feature a presentation, question and answer session, tour and viewing.

“The presentations are often more in-depth than our other Astronomy Evenings, which are open to ages 8 and up,” explains Niemi. Late Night Date Night events are by reservation only and each date is limited to about 40 people.

While they try to host a Late Night Date Night event each month, the one for January is already sold out, which means you’ve got a chance to hang out at the Observatory for Valentine’s Late Night Date Night.

Slated for February 13, the special event will take place from 10:30 p.m. until midnight. There’s also another Late Night Date Night scheduled for February 14, so you have a chance for a romantic night out through the weekend.

Those who attend will get to spend a late night under a blanket of stars. “The later it gets, the more romantic the Cincinnati Observatory becomes, and you can stay up past midnight to celebrate Valentine’s Night with your special someone,” says Niemi.

Also at the event will be a chance to use the historic telescope to view astronomical objects that aren’t visible until late at night. Even if the weather lets you down, Niemi says that you’ll still be able to enjoy a fun showing with your sweetie while getting a behind-the-scenes look of the Observatory.

Admission for the Valentine’s Late Night Date Night is $60 per couple, $50 for members, and space is limited. On Valentine’s Night, the Observatory will offer attendees music, drinks, chocolate delights, flowers for your Valentine and a viewing of the Moon.

As an added bonus, astronomer and co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers, Dean Regas, will be there to share stories about red stars of passion in the winter sky.

Niemi reminds us that reservations for Late Night Date Night are required and you can find online signups on the Observatory’s website or call 513-321-5186 so save your “space.”

Niemi says there are a lot of plans for the upcoming year, so keep your eye out.

To learn more about Late Night Date Night and other events at the Cincinnati Observatory, click here.

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