Sunset Salons: Astronomy & Stargazing
We are shooting for the stars with this discussion about planets, constellations, nebulas, and more. Come learn about what are we really looking at when we look up! Astronomy experts will answer out-of-this-world questions about the night sky, and help us locate celestial objects.
6:00pm – Doors open for light supper and mingling over striking art
6:30pm – Featured panel conversation + group activity
8:00pm – Final bites, thoughts, and farewells
ANNA HEHMAN is the Director of Development for the Cincinnati Observatory. Her official duties include ensuring the financial security of the Observatory and securing support for its outreach programs as well as exploring relationships with potential funders. Anna also has a Marketing background and manages the Observatory’s social media, where she resists the urge to post adorable animal videos on the O’s social media accounts with almost 100% success. She is also the Observatory’s self-appointed Social Director, encouraging her co-workers to talk about their weekends and trying to plan staff outings to talk about Game of Thrones and other pop culture topics. Although not an astronomer, Anna also explores her natural curiosity by asking a lot of questions about the cosmos, which ended up landing her a podcast so that worked out. Her most important astronomical theories include that Pluto should definitely be a planet and that the constellations don’t actually look like anything. Anna resides in Bellevue, Kentucky with her very patient husband Mike and furry bestie Amos, a Pekingese mix.
DEAN REGAS has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy. Dean is the co-host of Star Gazers, a bite-sized astronomy program which airs on over 100 PBS stations around the world. He is a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine and a contributor to Astronomy Magazine, where he won 2008 “Out-of-this-World” Award for astronomy education. Dean has written over 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogs for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured on television and radio. Since 2012 Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and his first book, “Facts From Space!” hit the shelves in October 2016. His new podcast he hosts with Anna Hehman is called Looking Up. At the Cincinnati Observatory he has developed his skills as a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages.