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peter_mcmahon_peterborough_planetariumPETER MCMAHON

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 News: 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

downloadPeter 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.



Yuichi Takasaka became interested in photography in his late teens when he moved to Canada from Tokyo, Japan. He worked as a video cameraman in the late 1980’s and developed an eye for a good picture. Yuichi didn’t seriously develop his photography skills until the early 1990’s when he moved to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

downloadWhile living there, he gained much of his expertise from conferring with professional photographers who shared their love of the craft with him. Since that time, Yuichi’s images have appeared in various brochures and magazines, educational books, textbooks, and on many Internet web pages, including the NASA pages.

downloadYuichi’s love of colours in nature led him to his love affair with the Aurora Borealis. He first saw these strange “Lights” in Jasper, Alberta in the spring of 1990 and photographed them. He soon found that this area is one of the best places in the world to observe the Aurora Borealis.

Yuichi did a lot of experimenting trying to photograph the Lights at night, while working at a tour company during the day promoting the Lights to the Japanese market. These Lights soon became a part of his life. Yuichi left Yellowknife after living there for 7 years; however he still goes back to lead many photography tours every year in order to photograph yet another variation of the Lights.

For more information on the tours we run, email Peter & Yuichi at booking@woodbuffaloskies.com or call 905.885.9471

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