The Cincinnati Observatory is known as the "Birthplace of American Astronomy." The nation's oldest public observatory is celebrating its 175th anniversary this month. On November 9, 1843, on four acres of land on what was then known as Mt. Ida, former president John Quincy Adams presided over the dedication of the observatory and the laying of the cornerstone. Following the event, Mt. Ida was renamed Mt. Adams.
In 1873, to escape the pollution of downtown, the Observatory moved east to its current location on another Cincinnati hill, which was later named Mt. Lookout.
Tune in to Cincinnati Edition Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. to hear this segment.