Cincinnati’s favorite astronomer is getting a good look at the sky sans the Queen City’s haze and particle pollution.
Grand Canyon National Park officials have named Dean Regas, who is the astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory in Mount Lookout, its Astronomer in Residence for a month-long stint through mid-December.
He began educating visitors and rangers at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona this week with his take on the stars, moon, sun, planets and galaxies.
The Astronomer in Residence program allows professional and amateur astronomers, educators, scientists, writers and visual and performing artists the opportunity to practice and share their discipline under one of the most pristine night skies in the United States, Regas said in a news release.
“I’m so honored to have been selected,” he said. “Living and working in such an incredible place will be a chance of a lifetime.”
Regas will give public talks, lead star gazes and document the sky during his residency.
Some will be livestreamed and available to watch on the Cincinnati Observatory's Facebook page.
He's already posted pictures of the longest partial lunar eclipse since 1440, which lasted about three-and-a-half hours early Nov. 19.