Dean has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, author, national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy.
From 2010-2019 Dean was the co-host of the PBS program Star Gazers. He is the author of five books including "Facts From Space!" and "100 Things to See in the Night Sky". Dean 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 160 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogged for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured on television and radio. Dean is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow and NPR's Here & Now. He also hosts an astronomy podcast with Anna Hehman 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.
Dean's newest book, "How to Teach Grown-Ups about Pluto" came out in May.
How To Teach Grown-Ups About Pluto
The Cutting Edge Space Science of the Solar System
New book for kids and adults
Pluto has not been a planet since 2006. But this tiny world still inspires people of all ages while sparking controversy. In this delightfully witty book, astronomer Dean Regas teaches you how to educate your grown-up about the cutting-edge science of space, most crucially the reason why Pluto is NOT a planet anymore.
Delving into the history of space discoveries, the key players who have helped our understanding of the universe (including the 11-year-old girl who named Pluto in the first place), and the ever-changing nature of science, this book will equip every reader with the tools they need to bring their grown-ups fully up to speed, and to sneak in as many amazing astronomical facts as possible.
And there’s a handy quiz at the end so that you can check your grown-up has been paying attention!
Available at the Cincinnati Observatory and wherever you get your books
100 Things to See in the Night Sky
"This book points to an unexpected source of entertainment, and even solace, in the skies above ... As the world roils, the stars spin on." - Washington Post
Learn your way around the best, most fascinating objects you can find with the naked eye and binoculars in the updated and expanded collection of planets, stars, constellations, and more. With more detailed star charts this book is perfect for beginners and amateur astronomers wanting to explore the night sky.
Facts From Space!
From Super-Secret Spacecraft to Volcanoes in Outer Space, Extraterrestrial Facts to Blow Your Mind!
Dean's first book will take you from the Earth to the edge of the universe and back.
How did turtles, flies, meal worms, and bacteria become the first living things to go the far side of the Moon? How do you go to the bathroom in zero-gravity? Where should we look for aliens? You will see a Martian sunset, swirl in Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, skim the corona of the Sun, and fall into a black hole.
Upcoming and Recent Appearances
Stellafane Amateur Astronomer Convention, Springfield, Vermont - Speaker - July 29, 2022 More Info
Joshua Tree Night Sky Festival, 29 Palms, California - Keynote Speaker - September 24, 2022 More Info
Thurber House Literary Picnic - Special Guest - June 30, 2022 More Info and Tickets
Bryce Canyon Star Festival - Keynote Speaker - June 25, 2022 More Info
Grand Canyon Star Party - Speaker - June 20-22, 2022 More Info
Lowell Observatory - Special Guest Speaker - June 19, 2022 In Flagstaff, AZ
Shenandoah National Park - Star Party - May 27, 2022
Detroit Observatory Reopening - April 8, 2022 In Ann Arbor, MI
Grand Canyon Astronomer in Residence - More Info
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park, Carlisle, KY - October 22, 2021
Science Friday - Oct. 14, 2021 Interview with Dean about What's Up in the Sky
Wall Street Journal review of Dean's Book 100 Things to See in the Night Sky, Expanded Edition
Joshua Tree Night Sky Festival - Keynote speaker - 2021
Here & Now Interview- December 7, 2020 A Match Made in Heaven
The Tundra - Virtual Event "Beyond Space" Watch it Here
Here & Now radio program - June 29, 2020 - Listen Here and Now
Washington Post - 100 Things Book - June 20, 2020 - Read the Review
Dean in Cincinnati Magazine - May 15, 2020 - Check out the article
Science Friday - Dean Regas Explains the Lunar Eclipse Listen Here
Here & Now Interview - Super Blood Wolf Moon - January 20, 2019 Here & Now Eclipse
Here & Now Interview - 2018 a Busy Year in Space - Dec 28, 2018 2018 in Review
Books by the Banks - Cincinnati Regional Book Festival - October 20, 2018
Science Friday live from WVXU Cincinnati - April 20, 2018 Science Friday Interview
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii - Star Party - January 29, 2018
Huffington Post - September 11, 2017 Cassini Mission to Saturn Article
New York Times - When the Universe Calls - September 8, 2017 New York Times
Bryce Canyon Star Party - Keynote Speaker - June 23, 2017
NEAF, Northeast Astronomy Forum - Speaker - April 8, 2017 NEAF
USA Today - December 28, 2016 Highlights of 2017
Science Friday with Ira Flatow - December 23, 2016 Science Friday
Science Friday with Ira Flatow - May 6, 2016 Transit of Mercury
Huffington Post - September 24, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse
Science Friday - September 18, 2015 Keeping an Eye on our Celestial Companion
Science Friday - June 5, 2015 How I Explained the Sun