AstroChat on Location at the Manfred Olson Planetarium

Jul 30, 2015

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.

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.