Carolyn Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions.
She is a science writer specializing in astronomy and space topics. Her latest book, “Space Exploration”, came out in 2018 and her next book about observatories will be published in the U.S. in 2020. Carolyn has written more than 50 documentary scripts for planetarium theaters, museums, and online venues. She has also created short educational pieces for StarMap 2, an iOS-based astronomy app.
She wrote, narrated and co-produced the show Losing the Dark, a joint production with the International Dark-Sky Association. From 2007-2010, she wrote and co-produced a nine-part vodcast series titled Space Weather FX for a NASA-funded Loch Ness Productions-MIT Haystack Observatory project, as well as a 10-minute video program about the Mileura Widefield Array. In addition, Carolyn wrote and narrated a series of scripts for animations included with Seeker and TheSky, astronomy software programs created and produced by Software Bisque.
Carolyn currently works extensively with museums and science centers to create exhibits. Her latest project was for the Shanghai (China) Science and Technology Museum in 2019 and she is currently working on a new exhibition for a client in Colorado. She has served as senior exhibit writer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s von Kármán Visitor’s Center. This followed on the heels of a project with Cinnabar California, to write a climate change exhibit for the California Academy of Sciences. She also worked as the senior science writer for the Griffith Observatory exhibits program, in conjunction with the Friends of the Observatory and New York City-based exhibit designers C&G Partners.
Carolyn is an accomplished public speaker, and frequently appears on selected cruise ships. She has spoken before audiences in the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. She has made presentations on planetarium outreach at several symposia, including the semi-annual Communicating Astronomy to the Public meeetings held in Poland, Germany, and Athens. She is a member of the American Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the International Planetarium Society, and currently serves on the board of directors of the IMERSA, an international organization for fulldome and immersive content producers.
On the Web, Carolyn is proprietor of TheSpacewriter.com, a popular Web site that contains the Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theater — the Web’s first online planetarium show, and The Spacewriter’s Ramblings, a blog about astronomy, science, and related subjects.
She also voices several characters on Outpost: A Star Trek Fan Production.