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Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore dies, aged 89

By T.K. Randall
December 10, 2012 · Comment icon 22 comments

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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."[!gad]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. He "passed away peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon" at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, friends and colleagues said in a statement.



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Comment icon #13 Posted by RamblingRebel 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
May God Bless Sir Patrick Moore .
Comment icon #16 Posted by CuriousGreek 12 years ago
May he R.I.P.
Comment icon #17 Posted by snowjoke 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
That guys monocle is lovely. Requiescat in pace.
Comment icon #19 Posted by 27vet 12 years ago
I used to listen to his talks on the radio when I was at school....RIP Sir!
Comment icon #20 Posted by coolguy 12 years ago
We lost a great astronmer rip sir Patrick.
Comment icon #21 Posted by smokeycat 12 years ago
RIP The Gamesmaster...
Comment icon #22 Posted by M 7 12 years ago
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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