Carter is the director of Astrovisualization for production and education at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. He was one of the original team members at AMNH of the NASA funded Digital Galaxy Project that helped redefine how a planetarium theater can present science to the public. The newly rebuilt Hayden Planetarium dome within the Rose Center is now used as an immersive display that serves to surround its audiences in an accurately visualized 3D data atlas of the universe. Carter directs space show production and oversees software development for interactive use of the 3D universe atlas known as the Digital Universe.
Starting astronomy courses at the age of ten in the old Hayden, Carter grew up in a family of artists and got his BA in geophysics from the University of Colorado. He has had careers in architectural modeling, technical illustration and science visualization at NASA Ames Research Center and the National Center for Atmospheric Research prior to joining the staff at AMNH in 1998.