“Wilderness astronomer” Peter McMahon is an award-winning online science journalist and children’s author who has worked for CTV.ca, CTVolympics.ca and served for eight years as an online producer and senior online producer for Discovery Channel Canada, where he created or worked with a team of associate producers to create thousands of articles, videos, interactives, and a number of successful online shows.
In 2007 and 2008, Peter hosted, edited, and produced for Discovery Channel the first TV-quality live science specials on the Internet, from the discovery of a new specimen of tyranosaur in the Alberta Badlands to a generation-3 night-vision webcast of the Perseid meteor shower.
An avid amatreur astronomer, Peter frequently writes, produces, and speaks on space, aerospace, astronomy and the emerging eco-tourism field of wilderness stargazing. (Peter wrote a feature on wilderness astronomy for the April 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic.)
He was the original person to propose that Jasper National Park in the Canadian Rockies become a dark sky preserve. After working closely with Parks Canada staff in the summer of 2010, his efforts paid off. Jasper is now the world’s largest dark sky preserve (and the only boasting world-class accommodations, dining, and other amenities.)
Peter also coined nearly all the terms that have became popular with marketing staff, media, and an increasing number of members of the public surrounding stargazing in the wild, including “wilderness astronomy”, “campsite astronomy”, and “polar-fleece-astronomers/stargazers.”
He currently serves as President of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association and has served as Vice President and a member of the CSWA board since 2003.
“Space Tourism“, Peter’s second installment in his Machines Of The Future series of science experiment books published by Kids Can Press is now available at bookstores and online retailers across North America.
You can read his “Wilderness Astronomer” column in each issue of Sky News: The Canadian Magazine of Stargazing & Astronomy.
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