/ RIP Patrick Moore
RIP Patrick Moore.
A great life.
Patrick was very important for the Apollo Missions as he was considered as one of the worlds experts on the Moon before the man missions; he mapped it for NASA.
R.I.P. Sir Patrick.
He was a real character and much more influential than most people would imagine.
As a kid I wrote to him and got a response and an invite to go to his house to use his telescopes, which was lovely. Rather disappointing when we called to arrange and his secretary said he was always doing this but he was off to the US for ages. But the thought was there!
A real legend for doing Sky at Night for so long but I caught one recently and he was looking so old and frail I thought it was a bit sad actually. Anyway, inspired me when I was younger and refused to dumb things down too much.
Some interesting personal views on politics and the like I seem to recall...
No more Mr Night Sky
my dad took me to see him in scotland yard back in '81- i got to shake his hand and he signed my guinness book of astronomy facts and feats, now open in front of me;(
Yes, a sad day. He was a genuine enthusiast for his hobby and has inspired countless young people, including myself to study the stars. Like the posts above, he answered my letters as well on a rickety old typewriter.
I think he met Orville Wright, Gagarin, Yeager and Armstrong. What a span of history.
Very sad news
I was lucky enough to meet him twice when he stayed at a hotel I used to run. He was exactly how you'd imagine from his tv personality, a genuinely nice person, eccentric and always slightly dishevelled. I never heard anybody say a bad word about him.
A great man indeed. Don't get many like him. RIP.
That's right and well said. The process of studying nature in a direct and experiential manner, either through the eyepiece of a telescope or an early morning start in the Alps, is the common thread. What follows is a lifetime of curiosity and wonder at what is over that next horizon.
NOOOOOOOOO! he is my Hero :(
But what a wonderful post.
Mick < breaking radio silence on here >
And he played a mean Xylophone (although he tended to rush a bit when he got overexcited)
It's a clear night here in Northamptonshire, the night sky is so clear. If the night sky is clear were you are, we who liked, loved or admired Sir Patrick should go out, look up at the stars and raise a class to him.
He now is with the stars.
Again R.I.P. Sir Patrick.
Sad news indeed.
A real expert and someone I really liked to see on the telly - No Dumbing down on the Sky at Night!
Xylophonist, bomb disposal, moon-mapper to NASA, cricketer, inspiration....could a dozen people do the same 'nowadays'? . I say it's one *more* star in the sky...i just hope someone takes his ashes onto the space station.
When we opened the "Bede the Scientist" gallery at Bede's World, Jarrow, we invited him to come. He was too unwell, but he did a video for us.
I'll shed a tear for one of the few 'celebrities' I truly respected.
Very sad that he's gone. Grew up watching him on Sky at Night. What a fantastic contribution he made to Astronomy though! A life well lived by the look of it.
About 14 years ago i was in a very dark place (my father had just died, split up from my partner, about to become homeless, dropped by record company etc etc) and had foolishly smoked some very strong weed.
This black shroud started to engulf me and i was on the verge of trying to end it all ( certainly about to call the Samaritans) and i turned on the telly and 'The Sky at Night' came on. Suddenly i felt ok again. weird.
I owe him my life!!
He also wrote "Bureaucrats and How to Annoy Them" under the pseudonym R T Fishall. A wonderful read, clever and hilarious.
This morning on Radio 2, Chris Evans played an "interview" he did years ago with Zyg and Zag. Really silly questions that he responded to with such great humour.
The war had a significant influence on his life: his only romance ended when his fiancée, a nurse called Lorna, was killed in 1943 by a bomb which struck her ambulance in London. Moore subsequently remarked that he never married because "there was no one else for me ... second best is no good for me ... I would have liked a wife and family, but it was not to be.
I can't find a copy but suspect its gist is "How to engage civil servants in increasingly futile tasks so that people who really need attention have to wait even longer".
Wasn't one of his gems the suggestion that you always return a paper clip affixed to your reply forms because it might cause some sort of interference?
.....yes and I think Mercury is slightly lower and to the left, difficult to spot in the dawn light.
In this case "independent" appears to mean much the same thing as "bat-shit crazy", but Patrick remains incredibly polite to the guy. Watching this, it is important to remember that even the daftest of ideas will have some believers!
The clip also demonstrates that glossolalia is not confined to those that claim divine inspiration.
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