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.
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