Carolyn will be talking about the Pro-Am experiences that she has had including comet and other observations. She has been involved with the International Halley Watch and will share what she had learned about comets and the solar wind from her observations.
Carolyn Collins Petersen, CEO of Loch Ness Productions
Carolyn Collins Petersen is an award-winning science writer and astronomer. She is CEO of Loch Ness Productions, a unique multimedia production company specializing in cosmically creative content. She has written more than 50 documentaries about astronomy and space science, appearing in domed theaters and observatory exhibits around the world. Her exhibit work can be seen at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and she had a short exhibition about climate change at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. In 2013, she co-produced a video about light pollution called "Losing the Dark", for the International Dark-Sky Association, which is showing worldwide on domes and in classrooms. She is currently working on a fulldome immersive show about recent astronomical discoveries. Carolyn is also part of the lecturer team for Smithsonian Journeys, teaching about astronomy and space exploration for selected cruises and land tours. Carolyn is a former editor for Sky Publishing's SkyWatch Magazine and was an associate editor for Sky & Telescope Magazine from 1997-2001. Carolyn wrote "Astronomy 101", a beginner's guide to astronomy. She has also written several books about astronomy including "Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive" and the best-selling "Hubble Vision", about the accomplishments of the Hubble Space Telescope. Her latest book, on the global history of space exploration, is due out in late 2017. Carolyn studied education, astronomy, and physics at the University of Colorado, followed by a stint in graduate school, where she took a Masters' in Science Journalism and Telecommunications Engineering. She enjoys reading science fiction, doing hand crafts, and hiking in the mountains near her Colorado home.
Friday, August 18, 2017 - 14:00