Join us for a series of talks focusing on astronomy, space exploration, citizen science and space technology!  We’ve gathered together space scientists, astronomers, cosmologists and science writers for info-packed talks and a future-looking panel discussions!

Come Visit with Our Scientist Guests

The “Ask a Scientist” table is THE place where you can talk to our science guest speakers and ask your questions about astronomy and space exploration. It will be open after the morning science talks, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Atrium, and is the perfect place to chat with a scientist after their talks. See you there!

Carolyn Collins Petersen

Carolyn Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions (, a fulldome production company. She is an award-winning science writer, with more than three dozen documentaries to her credit. Her latest book is “Space Exploration: Past, Present, Future”. She has written or co-written a number of books, including “Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive.” She was senior author for major exhibits at Griffith Observatory, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Academy of Sciences.She writes regularly about astronomy on her own blog, TheSpacewriter’s Ramblings ( and for ThoughtCo ( Carolyn studied education and astronomy at the University of Colorado, and earned a graduate degree in mass communications (science emphasis, and minor in telecommunications engineering) in 1996 from CU, where she also worked on a Hubble Space Telescope instrument team. She spent several years as an editor and writer at Sky Publishing. She is a speaker for Smithsonian Travels, and is a member of the American Astronomical Society. In addition to offering talks, Carolyn will moderate the ScienceFest talks and panel, appear at the Meet and Greet and also at the “Ask a Scientist” table.

Panels and Presentations

Coming soon…