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Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89


Posted on Monday, 10 December, 2012 | Comment icon 22 comments | News tip by: The Sky Scanner


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The legendary astronomer and presenter of 'The Sky at Night' passed away on Sunday afternoon.

Known for his eccentric style, trademark monocle and unshakable enthusiasm for astronomy, Sir Patrick inspired generations to pick up a telescope and gaze upwards at the stars. Throughout his life he wrote dozens of books on the subject and his observations of the Moon were used by both NASA and the Russians during their early pioneering space programmes. He was perhaps best known for presenting the BBC's flagship astronomy series 'The Sky at Night' for over 50 years.

"Patrick will be mourned by the many to whom he was a caring uncle, and by all who loved the delightful wit and clarity of his writings, or enjoyed his fearlessly eccentric persona in public life," said his friend and fellow astronomer Brian May. "Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one."

"British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89."

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Comment icon #13 Posted by RamblingRebel on 10 December, 2012, 7:49
Me and a friend were lucky enough to have a private 'lecture' on a couple of occasions by the great Sir Patrick over the phone. We were out at around 2-3am one morning with his 10" or 12" telescope checking the skies out, admittedly we had had a skinful that night as it was a weekend and had been in the pub earlier. Anyway my mate decides to phone the big man up in the middle of the night. We figured he's an astronomer, of course he will be up looking at the sky, and sure enough he answered his phone and remembered my friend by name from a previous conversation they had in person a month or so... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by HawkLord on 10 December, 2012, 14:31
I used to watch his show. His enthusiasm was infectious its the reason I started stargazing. He is an icon of science and he will be missed. Rest in peace sir.
Comment icon #15 Posted by sergeantflynn on 10 December, 2012, 15:07
May God Bless Sir Patrick Moore .
Comment icon #16 Posted by CuriousGreek on 10 December, 2012, 15:25
May he R.I.P.
Comment icon #17 Posted by snowjoke on 10 December, 2012, 17:45
a very sad day generations have shared in his passion, when the news came through yesterday he was trending on Twitter for hours, RIP Sir Patrick Moore one more star added to the sky he loved so much.
Comment icon #18 Posted by King Fluffs on 10 December, 2012, 18:03
That guys monocle is lovely. Requiescat in pace.
Comment icon #19 Posted by 27vet on 10 December, 2012, 18:45
I used to listen to his talks on the radio when I was at school....RIP Sir!
Comment icon #20 Posted by coolguy on 11 December, 2012, 5:17
We lost a great astronmer rip sir Patrick.
Comment icon #21 Posted by smokeycat on 11 December, 2012, 14:42
RIP The Gamesmaster...
Comment icon #22 Posted by M 7 on 12 December, 2012, 1:44
Me and a friend were lucky enough to have a private 'lecture' on a couple of occasions by the great Sir Patrick over the phone. We were out at around 2-3am one morning with his 10" or 12" telescope checking the skies out, admittedly we had had a skinful that night as it was a weekend and had been in the pub earlier. Anyway my mate decides to phone the big man up in the middle of the night. We figured he's an astronomer, of course he will be up looking at the sky, and sure enough he answered his phone and remembered my friend by name from a previous conversation they had in person a month or so... [More]


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