JASPER PLANETARIUM AND TELESCOPE STARGAZING
Explore stars, planets, meteors, and auroras in all their glory in our 11,000-square-kilometre stargazing preserve!
In 2011, Jasper was designated the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve by the Royal Astronomy Society in Canada for its low light pollution that creates ideal conditions for astronomical viewing.
Join space author/astronomer-in-residence Peter McMahon and staff for a personal guided tour of Jasper’s evening skies and cosmic heritage, all while exploring some of the darkest skies in Northwestern North America through the largest, most advanced telescopes in the Rockies:
Jasper Planetarium Experience (rain-or-shine)
Tour the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve LIVE with an experienced astronomy guide in our dome theatre (Learn More…)
Telescope stargazing (weather-permitting)
Take a guided tour of the night sky outside through the largest telescope in the Rockies with an experienced astronomy expert (Learn More…)
Weekly “Far Out Fridays” evening telescope stargazing trips
Join astronomy author, magazine columnist, and Jasper astronomer-in-residence Peter McMahon in Jasper Dark Sky Preserve for an evening of guided stargazing at a stunning wilderness locale (Learn More…)
The Jasper Dark Sky Festival (October 2016)
Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) and Star Trek
’s George Takei headline a month-celebration of the wonders of space. Join The Jasper Planetarium’s team of astronomers for dozens of exclusive experiences throughout October (Learn More…)
About our team of astronomy experts
PETER MCMAHON – Manager/Senior Presenter
Peter is an award-winning science journalist who has worked for CTV News (where he currently serves as a TV science commentator), Discovery Channel, and written for MSN.ca, The Toronto Star, CAA online, and Frommer’s Travel.
He’s also written print science features for such magazines as Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Today’s Parent, Air Canada’s in-flight magazine enRoute, OWL Magazine, the U.S. magazine Sky & Telescope, and Sky New: The Canadian Magazine of Astronomy and Stargazing where he writes the “Wilderness Astronomer” column in each issue and serves as a contributing editor.
An avid “Wilderness Astronomer”, Peter was the first to propose that Jasper National Park become a dark sky preserve, and worked with Parks Canada to have it designated the world’s largest astronomy park as of March 2011.
In February of 2010, he covered health science stories at the Vancouver Winter Games for CTVolympics.ca
Peter has spoken on science communication and astronomy at countless universities, science centres, conferences, and national parks, as well as delivering science communication workshops at Science North/Laurentian University’s Science Communication program and The Banff Centre.
Peter’s second installment in the Machines of the Future science experiment book series – Space Tourism (Kids Can Press, 2011) is an Official Selection for the prestigious U.S. Junior Library Guild. His next two books – The Space Adventurer’s Guide and a guide to the First Nations Constellations of North America – are due to be published by Kids Can Press, and OWL Kids Canada respectively, in early 2016.
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