Meet the Editors

Gary Seronik, Editor

GarySeronikGary Seronik is an experienced sky observer and award-winning astronomy writer based in Victoria, British Columbia. An acknowledged expert on such diverse subjects as binocular astronomy, telescope making and lunar observing, he is also an experienced reviewer of commercial astronomical equipment. SkyNews readers know him best for his regular “On the Moon” column and as editor of the magazine’s web site,


Terence Dickinson, Editor Emeritus

TerenceDickinsonTerence Dickinson was editor of SkyNews from the magazine’s first issue in 1995 until 2016. He has been involved in astronomy full-time since 1967 as a writer, an editor, a teacher and a broadcaster. He is Canada’s leading author of astronomy books for both adults and children. Notable among his 14 books is NightWatch, one of the best-selling stargazing books in the world. His popular articles on astronomy have appeared in dozens of magazines, from Reader’s Digest to Popular Mechanics. Asteroid 5272 Dickinson is named after him. In 1995, he was appointed by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Alan Dyer, Associate Editor

AlanDyerAlan Dyer, coauthor of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, is program producer at the Calgary Science Centre Planetarium. He is widely regarded as an authority on commercial telescopes, and his evaluations of astronomical equipment appear regularly in major North American astronomy magazines.

Ken Hewitt-White, Associate Editor

KenKen Hewitt-White, a columnist since the inception of SkyNews, has been an avid deep-sky observer for more than four decades. An experienced communicator of astronomy and backyard stargazing, Ken lives in southwestern British Columbia.

Ivan Semeniuk, Contributing Editor

Ivan SemeniukIvan Semeniuk is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and reporter for The Globe and Mail. A long time contributor to Sky News, he writes about new developments in astronomical and planetary research. He is the host and writer of the popular astronomy television series Cosmic Vistas and is a former editor at Nature and New Scientist. Ivan is the 2016 recipient of the Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the country’s oldest scientific society. He lives in Toronto.

Peter McMahon, Contributing Editor

Peter McMahonPeter McMahon has written/produced astronomy features for Canadian Geographic, Reader’s Digest, CTV News, Discovery Channel, CAA, Frommer’s, and Air Canada’s in-flight magazine enRoute, among others. He shares his love of wilderness stargazing and personal spaceflight in his children’s books, speaking engagements, and as co-founder/presenter for The Ontario Planetarium. In 2011, he proposed and helped in the designation of Alberta’s Jasper National Park as the world’s largest dark-sky preserve. His next book “A Children’s Guide To Space Tourism” will be published in 2015 by Kids Can Press.

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