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Sir Patrick Moore dies aged 89

Tastecicles (1153671) writes | about 2 years ago


Tastecicles (1153671) writes "Patrick Moore was the monocled surveyor of the sky who awakened in millions of people an interest in galactic goings on.

His love of astronomy began at the age of six and that childhood curiosity developed into a lifelong passion.

It was a passion he shared through his programme, The Sky at Night, which he presented for more than 50 years, only ever missing one episode due to illness.

Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore was born at Pinner, Middlesex on 4 Mar 1923.

Heart problems meant he spent much of his childhood being educated at home and he became an avid reader.

His mother gave him a copy of GF Chambers' book, The Story of the Solar System, and this sparked his lifelong passion for astronomy.

He was soon publishing papers about the moon's surface, based on observations made with his first three-inch telescope. His 1908 vintage typewriter enabled him to publish more than a thousand books on subjects ranging from astronomy, his first love, to cricket, golf, and music."

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A sad day indeed... (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about 2 years ago | (#42233435)

particularly emotional for me; my son is named for him.

2012 lost some great astronomers... (1)

The123king (2395060) | about 2 years ago | (#42233579)

Neil Armstrong and Sir Patrick Moore. Rest in peace, you great men. Many have, and will, follow in your footsteps

For those of us not from the UK (1)

Megane (129182) | about 2 years ago | (#42237435)

His fame hasn't extended very much beyond your shores, since it seems to have been significantly based on BBC shows which were not exported. Please link to his wiki page: []
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