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AstroChat on Location at the Manfred Olson Planetarium

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This month's chat with Jean Creighton took place here at the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium.

Every month, Lake Effect's Bonnie North chats with the director of UWM’s Manfred Olson Planetarium, Jean Creighton. From viewing constellations to what it takes to land on a comet to exoplanets, they've talked about a wide range of astronomical topics.

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Jean Creighton with Bonnie North at the planetarium.

Rather than taking place in the studio, this month's AstroChat segment was recorded at the planetarium in front of an audience of WUWM listeners.

Creighton shared her experience of traveling to the Stratosphere, spending 20 hours there to observe young and middle aged stars with an infrared telescope.

"With an infrared telescope, you see stars, but that is the icing on the cake," Creighton explained. "The cake is huge clouds of gas and dust, so if you want to understand more about the universe you want to look at multiple wavelengths, so you can fill in the story as it were."

She also shared her insights on astronomical developments and answered audience questions.

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Dr. Jean Creighton has always been inspired by how the cosmos works. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Athens, Greece where her mother claims she showed a great interest in how stars form from the age of five. She studied physics at the University of Athens and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Waterloo. She began teaching astronomy at UW-Milwaukee in 1999 and in 2007, she took over as director of UWM's Manfred Olson Planetarium.
Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.