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.
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