My name is Carolyn Collins Petersen, and I call myself TheSpacewriter online.

You’ll find lots to explore on these pages.  My blog is a daily, or semi-daily record of thoughts and impressions about astronomy and space science, primarily, although I’m not limited to those two. I also write about other aspects of science, particularly as various disciplines relate to politics, education, critical thinking, and other cultural aspects.

I first began the blog in early 2002 as a way to keep my writing chops fresh and share astronomy news that didn’t always make the front page of the papers. It is an outgrowth of my web page, TheSpacewriter.com, which has been around since 1992 and was originally called “The Henrietta Leavitt Flat Screen Space Theater.”

Other pages include my voice-over demos under the  name C. C. Petersen, so if you’re looking for a science narrator, give me a try.  You can also see a selected listing of my many publications, scripts, and other projects at The Spacewriter’s Cool Projects link.

My Background

I’m a science writer and editor. I work with clients in the observatory and planetarium community, as well as my own book, web, planetarium, software, and other projects. Over the years I’ve written several books, edited several others; written many articles, created more than 30 science (astronomy) documentary scripts, and exhibit projects, including the following:

* the complete astronomy exhibition at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles (take an online tour here);

* a climate change exhibition for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and:

* a spaceweather exhibit for the Children’s Discovery Museum in Acton, MA.

Currently I’m working on a software project for a iOS-based app (read more at Star-map.fr), two scripts for European projects, and keeping track of business for Loch Ness Productions.

Can I do all this for you? Need a writer/editor? If so, please visit my SERVICES page for my projects and availability.

I also invite you to visit the folks whose pages link to mine. There’s an amazing array of like-minded people who read me (and I read them). (NOTE: I try to check on these links occasionally to make sure that they’re still appropriate. However, as usual, I urge you to use caution in your surfing. My linking to these folks does NOT imply that I approve specific or general posts, or that I am aware of changes they’ve made in their blogs since the last time I visited. If you find something objectionable on any of these links (prOn, violence, pseudo-science, harangues, etc.) please let me know so I can change my blogrolls.

This is to acknowledge the creative talent who devised the theme I’ve adopted for this site. Although I’ve changed it a bit to fit my needs, it was still the brain child of JD of JDBlog.net.

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