Author Archives: Peter McMahon

SkyNews web extras: Planetarium opens in Jasper dark sky preserve

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. I’ll actually be dividing my time between Ontario and Alberta now but since … Continue reading

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SkyNews web extras: First nations constellations

As-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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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

This 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. Most of the actual trip took place in one … Continue reading

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SkyNews Grasslands East Block column – web extras

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. Link to this post!

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SkyNews Mount Carleton column – web extras

This 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 – campgrounds in … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

This 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”, … Continue reading

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Above & Beyond magazine aurora column – web extras

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, … Continue reading

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Mont-Mégantic SkyNews dark sky column – web extras

Back 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. … Continue reading

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