Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen. Carolyn Collins Petersen

Astronomy Expert


M.S., Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Colorado - Boulder

B.S., Education, University of Colorado


  • Author/co-author of seven books on astronomy and planetary science, including Astronomy 101 and Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future
  • CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a production company specializing in educational materials for planetariums and science centers
  • Member of the American Astronomical Society and International Planetarium Society


Carolyn Collins Petersen is a science writer, producer, and former research astronomer. She is the CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a production company specializing educational documentary shows for planetariums and science centers. She has published 7 books on astronomy and planetary science, including Astronomy 101, Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future, and Hubble Vision. 

In addition to her own books and articles on astronomy, Carolyn has written exhibition texts for the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.

Previously, Carolyn worked on a Hubble Space Telescope instrument team and served as an editor for Sky Publishing, which publishes Sky & Telescope and Skywatch. Carolyn has written more than 40 documentaries and several webcasts on space science, and she regularly gives public presentations and lectures on topics in astronomy.


Carolyn earned a master's degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder, where she studied astronomy, astrophysics, and science communication. She also received her B.S. from the University of Colorado.


ThoughtCo and Dotdash Meredith

ThoughtCo, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is an award-winning reference site offering education content created by experts. ThoughtCo reaches 13 million readers each month. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.

Read more from Carolyn Collins Petersen