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Carolyn Collins Petersen is a science writer, specializing in documentary shows for planetariums and science centers, as well as books, articles, as well as the online site TheSpacewriter.com. Her most recent book is Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future. She also wrote the popular Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive, Key Theories, Discoveries, and Facts about the Universe. You can see more about her books and other articles here. If you've ever visited Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, you have read her words in their exhibits. She has also written exhibits for the California Academy of Sciences and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and worked with Gemini Observatory and the Subaru Telescope on astronomy outreach projects. Carolyn often gives expert talks on astronomy and space exploration and has appeared aboard numerous cruise ships and via online interviews.
Currently, I am CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a cosmically creative production house focused on astronomy and space science outreach media. We have clients around the world and we handle a variety of projects, ranging from exhibits to planetarium shows to online outreach.
I have studied astronomy most of my life, including several years at the University of Colorado. My formal degrees are in education and science communication/journalism. During my graduate school years, I coordinated a world-wide comet observing network called the Ulysses Comet Watch. I also worked as a team member on the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph Instrument science team. This instrument flew on Hubble Space Telescope for several years. During graduate school, I was first author on a book about HST science called Hubble Vision, published by Cambridge University Press. My co-author, Dr. John C. Brandt, worked on HST science teams for more than two decades.
After graduate school I worked at Sky & Telescope for several years, serving as editor and writer on articles and books. I left there to head up Loch Ness Productions. I continue to research and write about space exploration, the space economy, astronomy, and planetary sciences.
To me, astronomy is one of the most approachable and beautiful sciences. In what other science can you explore the beginnings of the cosmos, trace the origins of the chemical elements, observe the dramas of starbirth and stardeath, and explore distant worlds around our own Sun and others? Come along and explore with me!