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, reminiscences of visits to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome the museum's new director, and former chief scientist at NASA, Ellen Stofan.

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Ohioan John Glenn, the first man to orbit the earth, will be honored with the opening of the John Glenn Astronomy Park inside the Hocking Hills State Park in southeastern Ohio.

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It might not be the first kind of pollution you think of when you hear the word, but there are serious environmental hazards associated with light pollution.

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In this episode of Looking Up, it's been the subject of books, movies, TV shows, and a myriad of urban legends and country myths. Is there life beyond the planet Earth?

Our hosts, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman from the Cincinnati Observatory, delve in to the facts, science, and pop culture of alien life.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about Neil Armstrong - the Ohio native, NASA astronaut, first man on the moon, UC professor – who will soon be the subject of a major Hollywood biopic starring Ryan Gosling.

The movie is based on the biography First Man written by this episode's guest, James R. Hansen.

In this episode of Looking Up, there are a myriad of ways to try and explain scientific concepts and answer questions about science. Adam Cole, a reporter for the NPR Science Desk and host/animator of their video series Skunk Bear, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to explain exactly what Skunk Bear is and the unique ways it tries to convey science to its viewers.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about the growing number of exoplanets being discovered, thanks to advance telescopes like the Keppler and Hubble. The TRAPPIST-1 system is the closest to our solar system and Sean Carey, the manager of the Spitzer Science Center which has the Spitzer Telescope in space, is the special guest.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman are talking space exploration and the Mars Rover with Emily Lakdawalla, senior editor and blogger for The Planetary Society and planetary.org, and author of the soon-to-be-released book The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job.

In this episode of Looking Up, the man who makes science sexy every Friday afternoon. Ira Flatow, the host of public radio's "Science Friday," joins hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about his long-running show, some of his favorite topics, and most importantly, his favorite constellation.

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In this episode of Looking Up, the important contributions of women in science have long been understood within the scientific community, but the public's awareness was raised by the best selling book and movie "Hidden Figures."

Now, another group of women scientists are being spotlighted in the book "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars" and the author, Dava Sobel, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman.

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In this episode of Looking Up, predicting the weather is a science, albeit not always an exact science. Hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk weather forecasting with Jason Meyers, digital meteorologist and video content creator for the EW Scripps Co.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman share memories of some of their favorite science shows growing up before welcoming one of their favorites, very special guest Paul Zaloom who portrayed Beakman in the mid-90's show Beakman's World.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman get ready for holiday gift giving by talking about the different types of telescopes out there for new and veteran astronomers, Dean talks about his first telescope, then they welcome Sean Walker, Equipment Editor from Sky & Telescope magazine for hints on the best gear available.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about living on Mars and the possibility of some life forms living under the surface.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss space travel and Dean reveals his favorite astronaut. Then they are joined in studio by Captain Scott Kelly, veteran astronaut and the man who spent a full year living on the International Space Station. 

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss pop culture and space, from the first science fiction book written in 2 A.D. to movies that get it right, or close to right, like The Martian, to others who seemed content to ignore all scientific logic, like Armageddon.

Their special guest is Lauren Worley who, for 5 years, served as NASA's press secretary and senior advisor.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman dip their toe into doomsday prophecies and space hoaxes with guest Phil Plait, better known as The Bad Astronomer

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman revisit August's total solar eclipse, including finding out where Dean wound up viewing it and the crowd that descended on Anna at the Cincinnati Observatory.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.