Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89


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


Image credit: Telegraph / Youtube

 
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."

  View: Full article |  Source: BBC News

  Discuss: View comments (22)

   


 

Recent comments on this story
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 i... [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
That's a great story.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Giant alligator filmed walking on golf course
5-31-2016
The massive reptile took golfers completely by surprise as it casually strolled towards a nearby lake.
Rare illness makes people think they are dead
5-31-2016
A rare condition called Walking Corpse Syndrome leaves sufferers feeling as though they are zombies.
Students report seeing 'alien' in Argentina
5-31-2016
Three witnesses claimed to have encountered the entity around one week ago in the city of Santa Cruz.
Kids in China climb 2,500ft cliff to school
5-30-2016
One school in China is so inaccessible that pupils have to climb down a huge cliff just to get there.
Other news in this category
Building blocks of life found on comet 67P
Posted 5-29-2016 | 7 comments
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft has made a significant new discovery within the atmosphere of its new home....
 
NASA reveals new close-up images of Pluto
Posted 5-28-2016 | 18 comments
The fascinating pictures are the most detailed views of Pluto we are going to get for a very long time....
 
Scientists find evidence of tsunamis on Mars
Posted 5-20-2016 | 7 comments
New evidence has suggested that Mars may have once experienced frequent and destructive tidal waves....
 
Mars methane spike 'not a seasonal event'
Posted 5-18-2016 | 7 comments
A mysterious spike of methane picked up by the Curiosity rover two years ago has yet to reoccur....
 
NASA invests in eight new sci-fi technologies
Posted 5-16-2016 | 10 comments
The US space agency will be attempting to turn several more futuristic technology concepts into reality....
 
Dwarf planet is third largest in solar system
Posted 5-12-2016 | 14 comments
Despite being comparable in size to Pluto and Eris, this enigmatic world has yet to even be given a name....
 
NASA announces discovery of 1,284 exoplanets
Posted 5-10-2016 | 13 comments
The incredible new haul has more than doubled the total number of known extrasolar worlds to over 3,200....
 
NASA to make Kepler announcement tomorrow
Posted 5-9-2016 | 32 comments
The space agency will be revealing the latest findings of its Kepler Space Telescope tomorrow afternoon....
 
Three new Earth-sized planets discovered
Posted 5-3-2016 | 11 comments
Astronomers have identified three new terrestrial worlds around a relatively close 'ultracool' star....
 
NASA reveals telescope's giant golden mirror
Posted 4-30-2016 | 16 comments
The impressive gold-coated mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope has been revealed in all its glory....
 
'Space umbrella' could stop global warming
Posted 4-28-2016 | 24 comments
Scientists have been exploring ambitious new ways to effectively cool, rather than to warm up the planet....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ