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Looking Up: Would You Baptize An Extraterrestrial?

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Two domes of the Vatican observatory, located in the pontifical gardens of Villa Barberini

Did you know that there is an observatory at the Vatican? Did you now that the two men in charge of the research and operations taking place there are both from the Midwest? 

In this transatlantic conversation, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman learn about the Vatican Observatory from its director, Brother Guy Consolmagno (from Detroit) and head of the Jesuit community at the observatory, Father Paul Mueller (from Cincinnati, a St. Xavier High School graduate).

The are also the author of the book Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?

Dean Regas is the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory and a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy.
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.