13th February 2018

The Night Sky and how to see it

Dr Michael Martin-Smith

Dr. Martin-Smith takes us on a journey through the history of mankind’s relationship with the sky during darkness and explains the phenomena which surround us. He illustrates the cycles of the sky and looks how the original applications of calendars, timekeeping and navigation continue to be of benefit.

As well as the zodiac, equinoxes and constellations, he explores the paradox of the Dark Sky and takes us forward with the new perspectives opened up by rocketry and astrobiology. Practical contexts for stargazers are balanced against the concept of provisional truth, leading towards the revolutionary new phase – Citizen science – the diffusion of active learning to an informed public.

Michael is president of HERAS, the Hull and East Riding Astronomical Society.


The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

The Hull Literary & Philosophical Society is registered as a Charity No 507226