Join us for an engaging and informative evening with Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks , to learn about the Earth and how it is different from any other planet in the universe. Presented by the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County, Perspectives on a Planet will include a question and answer period with McDonald.
Through the eyes of McDonald, Perspectives on a Planet looks at the Earth in is full environmental context: a small rock covered in a thin film of water and air just close enough to an average star to support intelligent life. There is no other world like it. While robots have visited eight other nearby worlds and telescopes have spotted more than 250 planets around other stars, not one of them is like our Earth. Looking at our planet in a holistic way we see how its face has changed over time, how human activity is altering that face today and examines ways we can take care of the little bit of air and water that clings to its surface for the future.
Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDonald is also a science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up.
The host and writer of numerous television documentaries and more than 100 educational videos in Canada and the United States, McDonald has also authored four bestselling science books and contributed to numerous textbooks, magazines, and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail. His latest book is Canadian Space Walkers: Hadfield, MacLean and Williams Remember the Ultimate High Adventure.
In 2015, asteroid 332324 was officially named “Bobmcdonald” in his honour by the International Astronomical Union. He also holds 12 honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.
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