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Science and space stories by Peter McMahon

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Some of the publications Peter has written/produced for Solar Storm (cover story on the Solar Maximum, originally for Canadian Geographic print edition) This is your brain as a dad (originally for the print edition of Today’s Parent) The new stargazing: Dark sky…

Meet our astronomy guides

PETER McMAHON general manager / senior presenter Peter is a multiple-award-winning science journalist who has worked for CTV News (where he currently served as a writer and later TV science commentator), Discovery Channel where he served as senior online producer and…

Astronomy retreat in the Canadian Rockies

Join expert presenters and the staff of The Jasper Planetarium for an unforgettable weekend of cosmic discovery. Take advantage of fall rates for 3-4 days of astronomy-themed dining, accommodation, tours, presentations, and – of-course – guided stargazing…

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Look through the largest telescope in the Rockies

After our planetarium experience, you’ll have the opportunity to add-on our Wild Nights stargazing package, which includes the chance to look through the largest telescope in the Rockies. After you’ve learned about the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve and the…

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Guided tours…Rain-or-shine!

Explore Jasper National Park’s 11,000 square km dark sky preserve The Jasper Planetarium is Jasper National Park and Dark Sky Preserve’s only regular astronomy attraction. ***Please note: we are now open on weekends for Winter (daily starting May 1)***…

Tonight’s aurora & weather outlook

Each day, our staff of astronomy guides carefully plan evening stargazing sessions around the weather of the Rocky Mountains…Then we improvise… Seriously, though, while weather in the Rockies can be unpredictable, we regularly consult the specialized…

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