SkyNews web extras: Planetarium opens in Jasper dark sky preserve

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This past spring, I accepted the position in Jasper National Park and Dark Sky Preserve as full-time astronomer-in-residence, as well as manager and senior-presenter at The Jasper Planetarium.

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SkyNews web extras: First nations constellations

first_nations_star_chart_canada_mcmahonAs-promised, here’s the star chart of a whole sky filled with a selection of until-recently-lost constellations mentioned in my latest column in the July/Aug 2015 edition of SkyNews: These are the constellations of the Ojibway, Cree, Blackfoot, and other First Nations of what is now known as Canada.

The chart you see here is the first-known all-sky view of many of the characters from this land as seen as patterns in the sky thousands of Continue reading “SkyNews web extras: First nations constellations” »

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SkyNews web-extras for ‘Best-of’ 20th anniversary article

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In the special 20th anniversary issue of the May/June 2015 issue of SkyNews: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing, I rounded-up the top events, experiences, and amenities in Canada’s dark sky preserves.

As mentioned at the end of the article, here’s some more info and photos from such preserves as Wood Buffalo, Jasper, Mont Mégantic, and Continue reading “SkyNews web-extras for ‘Best-of’ 20th anniversary article” »

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SkyNews Irving Nature Park column + East Coast tour wrap-up – web extras

maritime_dark_sky_preserves_2014This column marks the conclusion of a two-year odyssey through the six dark sky preserves of Eastern Canada and Quebec on assignment for SkyNews: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy & Stargazing.

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SkyNews Grasslands East Block column – web extras

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On the way back from the Canadian Science Writers’ Association conference just over a month ago, we stopped by the town of Val Marie, SK (pop. 136) on the edge of Grasslands National Park. Continue reading “SkyNews Grasslands East Block column – web extras” »

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SkyNews Mount Carleton column – web extras

 mcmahon_mount_carleton_dark_skyThis issue (Nov/Dec 2014) of SkyNews Magazine, I did a column on Mount Carleton Provincial Park, in New Brunswick. Here are some more features and amenities in the park that I didn’t have room to elaborate on in the column:

  • Accommodations
Bed and Breakfast Du Repos (just west of the park)
Auberge La Marie Louise (also west of the park)

 

  • Food

The Mariner
Au P’tit Cafe Corner
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SkyNews Wood Buffalo column – web extras

This issue (Sept/Oct 2014) of SkyNews Magazine, I did an extended (4 pages, instead of the normal 1-2) on Wood Buffalo National Park, in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories/Alberta border (world’s largest dark sky preserve, larger than Switzerland or the moon Mimas – with aurora-viewing is superior to that near cities such as Yellowknife.)

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More info on Canada’s dark sky preserves (web extra from Sky & Telescope Aug ’14 issue)

Canada_Dark_Sky_Preserves_McMahon_2014This summer, I was thrilled to have my first U.S. astronomy article published – a back-page piece on Canada’s dark sky preserves for  Sky & Telescope magazine. Below, you’ll find info and links to every single one of Canada’s “astronomy parks”, as well as info on Continue reading “More info on Canada’s dark sky preserves (web extra from Sky & Telescope Aug ’14 issue)” »

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Above & Beyond magazine aurora column – web extras

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This month, I’ve had the honour of writing for Above & Beyond, the in-flight magazine of First Air – one of the airlines that generously brought me to the NWT to speak at their annual tourism AGM.

In that article, I wrote about Continue reading “Above & Beyond magazine aurora column – web extras” »

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Mont-Mégantic SkyNews dark sky column – web extras

mont_megantic_mcmahonBack in August of this past year, I had the chance to tour the Canadian dark sky preserve that is perhaps most shrouded in mystery for most Canadians (and that’s a shame) Mont-Mégantic International Dark Sky Reserve in Quebec’s Eastern Townships.

You can read all about the area in the May/June 2014 issue of SkyNews: The Continue reading “Mont-Mégantic SkyNews dark sky column – web extras” »

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