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About the Program


James AlburyJAMES ALBURY spends a lot of time in the dark. Leaning back and surrounded by stars, he juggles whether to fly to Neptune or Saturn. Neptune it is. Stars rush forward and planets swing by as Albury moves at speeds only NASA can only dream of. This is the life of a planetarium director, and Albury is the man in charge at Santa Fe’s Kika Silva Pla Planetarium.

Albury took over the helm at the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium in October 2009 and spent the first few weeks testing it out to see what his new baby can do. His first creation, "Meteors!," opened Friday, November 20, 2009 and not only supplied an explanation and history of meteors, past and present, but also came with its own 5,000-year-old, 75-pound meteorite. Listening to Albury during the show, you could hear the enthusiasm in his voice. This is a man in his element. “I get to do something I have been passionate about since I was a child,” says Albury.


Dean RegasDEAN REGAS has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, a national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy. Dean is a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine and a contributor to Astronomy Magazine, has written over 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogs for the Huffington Post . 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.

To learn more about Dean and his new book, "Facts from Space!" check out his website: http://www.cincinnatiobservatory.org/deanregas/



Kika Silva Pla Planetarium | Santa Fe CollegeKIKA SILVA PLA PLANETARIUM | SANTA FE COLLEGE
Since 2006, the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium has been dedicated to enriching the learning environment of Santa Fe College students and our community. We employ the latest educationally innovative technology in a unique immersive-learning environment for Santa Fe and University of Florida students, public and private school children, community groups, and the public of North Central Florida.


The Cincinnati Observatory is a fully functioning 19th century observatory used daily by the public and amateur astronomers, civic organizations, teachers and students, history buffs and science mavens. The main telescopes are an 11 inch Merz and Mahler refractor purchased in 1842 and a 16 inch Alvan Clark refractor dating to 1904. The historic buildings are recognized as a National Historic Landmark and the grounds provide a serene, park-like setting while still being centrally located in the city of Cincinnati.


Production Crew

Sergio Figuera, Producer

Rob Reep, Graphics

Sean Hickey, Editor

Jeremy Nicholson, Editor

Erlin Morandeira, Director

Misbel Vargas, Director

Joyce Belloise, V.P., Production