Anna Hehman

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.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman say good-bye to the successful Cassini spacecraft as it prepares to crash into the surface of Saturn. The mission's Deputy Project Scientist Scott Edgington explains why Cassini is ending this way and some of what has been learned since taking off in 1997. They also answer another Kid Question.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss Pluto with Alice Bowman, the Mission Operations Manager for the New Horizons mission from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, then Anna has a question for Dean from the Cincinnati Observatory's Crank File.

In this episode of Looking Up, final preparations for the upcoming total solar eclipse are discussed when hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome James Albury, the director of Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and Dean's co-host on the PBS series Star Gazers. Plus they'll answer another kid question.

The upcoming total solar eclipse has astronomers and non-astronomers alike excited as the path of totality will bisect the US from Oregon to South Carolina. 

In this first episode of Looking Up: hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome listeners to the podcast, discuss exoplanets, have a conversation with astronomer Kevin Wagner who recently discovered an exoplanet, and answer a kid question.