Dean Degas

Dean has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000 and the co-host of the syndicated astronomy program Star Gazers since 2010, but he has always been a teacher.

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After graduating from Xavier University, with an education degree he taught many different subjects including history, government, science, nature education, and even trail construction.

But the stars captured him in 1998 when he began working at Cincinnati's intimate Wolff Planetarium. It was there that Dean discovered his real passion for space and has since become a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy, star identification, mythology, and myth debunking.

Dean is the co-host of Star Gazers, a new twist on an iconic backyard astronomy program made famous by Jack Horkheimer, 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 100 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.  

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.

Topic at WSP 2016: I Want to Believe: Returning to an Age of Reason

After 15 years of public speaking at the Cincinnati Observatory, Dean Regas has heard every astronomy conspiracy theory and doomsday prediction in the universe – and frankly, he’s worried. He’s worried that we are slipping into an age of growing superstition. In this rational, often humorous lecture, Dean tackles such controversial topics as: The Mayan Calendar, Moon landing, UFO sightings, Doomsday Comets, Astrology, and the Star of Bethlehem. The truth is out there.  Dean shows why it is important to confront superstitions head-on and how you can champion a new age of reason.