Jean Creighton

Astronomy Contributor

To Dr. Jean Creighton, physics is the gateway to astronomy. She studied physics at the University of Athens and went on to earn a masters 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.

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Health & Science
12:17 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

What It Takes To Land On A Comet

Photo taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera.
Credit ESA/Rosetta/NAVCAM, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

It was big news last week when the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet. 

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11:42 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Exploring Mars For A Half-Century

A computer-generated image of Mars from real data.
Credit NASA/JPL/MSSS

There was much excitement in India yesterday when that country’s first effort to send an orbiter to Mars succeeded. 

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4:08 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Another Galaxy is Visible This Time of Year

Dr. Jean Creighton describes what we can see in the night sky this time of year.
Credit Ryan Wick, flickr

Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton joined us to talk about what stars and constellations are visible to us in the night sky this month. 

"It’s going too fast and the isotope ratios are different; this one came from elsewhere," says Creighton. "That means that you can look up at a really bright star. Arcturus is really bright, and pretty, and you’re looking at a piece of another galaxy."

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5:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

How Astronomers Conduct Research

Astronomers who stay Earth-bound use telescopes to collect data of objects in space. Here is a telescope at the George Observatory. home to the 36-inch Gueymard Research Telescope.
Credit Bill Jacobus, flickr

When the whole universe is out there to explore, how do astronomers decide what questions they want to ask?

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Health & Science
2:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

2013's Top 5 Astronomical Stories

Curiosity is testing rock samples on Mars.
NASA

Throughout 2013, Dr. Jean Creighton kept her eye on astronomical news. From a fireball in Russia to the Kepler Telescope, Creighton highlights her top five stories of the year.

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Health & Science
3:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

What Happened to All Those Moon Rocks?

The crater Daedelus is on the far side of the Earth's moon. This image was taken by Apollo 11.
Credit NASA

The Apollo moon missions (11 through 17, minus the infamous 13) collected more than 800 pounds of moon rock. But whatever happened to those samples?

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2:44 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Pluto Has Five Moons? And More Facts You Didn't Know About the Former Planet

The Pluto system
Credit NASA

Even though it's no longer considered a planet, Pluto still excites the imagination as it skims the outer reaches of our solar system.

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2:35 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

5 Neat Facts About Neptune's New Moon

Neptune now has fourteen moons.
Credit wikipedia.

Scientists have discovered a new moon for Neptune, raising its number of moons to fourteen.

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Health & Science
2:23 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Forget the Dark Side - Explore the Moon's Red, Blue and Super Sides

Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton concludes our moon series.
Credit Twinkletoez/Flickr

Whether it’s super, or blue, or crescent, the moon has many faces. But what exactly are they?

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Health & Science
11:35 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Does a Full Moon Control Us? Creighton has Answers

Is the full moon the reason why so many crazy things happen?
Credit penguinbush, flickr

The moon is an essential part of our lives, being found in song, stories, science, history, mythology, and elsewhere.

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