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Neil Armstrong Patrick Moore BBC Sky At Night 1970

RIP

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What a great man! I love all the first hand accounts of members meeting him... it gives me a small insight into what he was like! Thank you Patrick, and Rest in Peace.

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I have met Sir Patrick Moore twice and both times were very memorable. The second was at Kettering a few years ago and the first in Northampton at the Northamptonshire Natural History Society, Astronomical section on the 26th March 1984. He gave a brilliant talk and was very interested in all that we were doing. The reason I remember the date so well is because he kindly inscribed and signed my book, written by him, "Naked Eye Astronomy"(an excellent way to start learning the night sky) and dated it as well. Many years later I was showing someone this book and my son, Neil, was present. He looked at the date and exclaimed that it must be proof that he had a 'neglected childhood' as I went to see Patrick Moore on his seventh birthday instead of staying at home with him! He still pulls my leg over it.

"The Sky at Night" will certainly not be the same without him but I hope it will still carry on for that would be the best tribute to this extraordinary character who has done so much to publicize Astronomy and Space Exploration to the public. Will be sorely missed.

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I only briefly met Sir Patrick once at an event, but always appreciated the kind topsy turvy reply he sent to me from his trusty typewriter and the lunar photo he hand signed for me even though his hands were already giving him some problems by that time.

RIP to one of the worlds most accomplished amateurs.

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I never had the pleasure of meeting Sir Patrick, although I did go to an interesting lecture he gave in Bury one time - it must have been about a decade ago, and he was starting to look a bit frail then. He kept a large hall full of people entertained for a couple of hours though, he never seems to have lost his sharp mind. When I saw "The Sky at Night" last week, I thought he looked in bad shape then, so the news wasn't totally unexpected. At least he lived his life on his own terms and kept working at what he loved up till the end.

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We should also salute him for being the first editor of the British Interplanetary Society's Spaceflight magazine from 1956-59. His career wasn't all astronomy!

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My own memories start with staying up late many Sunday nights as a child, sometimes begging my parents to let me stay up and watch The Sky at night, and yes it greatly enthused me to study the night sky.

I had met Sir Patrick on a few occasions, the first being at the Birmingham University as he gave a lecture on the Planet Mars. the lecture itself was full and I made my way down to ask for his autograph on his book "The Armchair Astronomer", and my first autograph which in a sense was the beginning of my collecting.

I shall certainly miss the Sky at night without him.

RIP Sir Patrick Moore.

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Although greatly saddened by the death of Sir Patrick, I was smiling, even laughing, as I read some of the anecdotes about him in the obituaries in Monday's papers. I particularly liked the account of a female reporter who went to interview Sir Patrick about the total eclipse of 1999. The interview was in the evening to allow her to take photographs against the night sky. Her host brought out a bottle of whisky and they considerably depleted it. She then asked to see his observatory. As they stumbled through the garden in the dark, Sir Patrick blundered into an apple tree and fell into a bush. When they got back to the house, they made further inroads into the whisky bottle, then Sir Patrick made the reporter a fried egg sandwich "to ward off a whisky hangover." As she left for home, she thanked him for "one of the best evenings she ever had." The great astronomer looked at her mournfully and said: "You don't get out very much, do you?"

Are we all feeling a little better?

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There was also a very good tribute on BBC1 last night after the 10pm news with many amusing incidents and anecdotes.

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posted 12-16-2012 02:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Readers' tributes at Sky At Night magazine.

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Sir Patrick Moore's final edition of the show:

BBC1 Sunday 6th Jan 12 midnight
BBC4 Thursday 10th Jan 7.30pm (extended edition)
BBC2 Saturday 12th Jan (usually lunchtime)

Enjoy!

Philip
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Most of us know the list of 326 books.

Several magazines have commemorative issues or special features in their January or February 2013 issue (Spaceflight, AstronomyNow). May I point out the collector's issue of Sky At Night magazine:

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BBC 4 are having a Patrick Moore night on Sunday 13th January starting at 7pm through to 10pm.

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Is there a crater on the moon already in his name? If not, maybe there should be?

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I don't know if this is the appropriate thread, but here it is:

It Came From Outer Space Wearing an RAF Blazer! A Fan's Biography of Sir Patrick Moore
by Martin Mobberley

To British television viewers, the name 'Patrick Moore' has been synonymous with Astronomy and Space Travel since he first appeared on The Sky at Night in 1957. To amateur astronomers he has been a source of inspiration, joy, humour and even an eccentric role model since that time.

Most people know that his 55 years of presenting The Sky at Night is a world record, but what was he really like in person? What did he do away from the TV cameras, in his observatory, and within the British Astronomical Association, the organisation that inspired him as a youngster?

Also, precisely what did he do during the War Years, a subject that has always been shrouded in mystery?

Martin Mobberley, a friend of Patrick Moore's for 30 years, and a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has spent ten years exhaustively researching Patrick's real life away from the TV cameras. His childhood, RAF service, tireless voluntary work for astronomy and charity and his endless book writing are all examined in detail. His astronomical observations are also examined in unprecedented detail, along with the battles he fought along the way and his hatred of bureaucracy and political correctness.

No fan of Sir Patrick Moore can possibly live without this work on their bookshelf!

  • Softcover, 640 p. 110 illus., 33 in color.
  • Springer, September 5, 2013
  • ISBN 978-3-319-00608-6

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I'm guessing the author worked closely with Patrick Moore, so I'm sure it's the full autobiography he never himself got around to writing?

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The well-known amateur-astronomer and astro-photographer Martin Mobberley wrote an excellent well-illustrated biography of the late Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012): "It Came From Outer Space Wearing An RAF Blazer."

Check it out on Amazon, the reviews of this page-turner speak for themselves...

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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For me at least, the USA based Amazon site does not have any reviews. The reviews are on the UK site.


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