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wd40
2012-Dec-09, 01:45 PM
Outstanding astronomy UK TV educator Patrick Moore passes away at 89

http://news.sky.com/story/1022912/sir-patrick-moore-89-dies-at-home

The love of Moore's life whom he intended to marry was killed by a German bomb in WW2 after which he said he could never find another woman. He joined RAF bombers.

http://www.ciaranbrown.com/images/patrickmooreRAF180.jpg

He recently caused a stir in the EEC by stating: "The Germans started WW1. They started WW2. Mark my words: the Germans are going to start WW3!".

Paul Beardsley
2012-Dec-09, 02:51 PM
Unflattering choice of highlights aside, this is sad news. An excellent fellow.

In 1976, my mother wrote to him to ask if we could pay him a visit for my forthcoming 13th birthday. This was intended as a surprise for me, but my brother was in on it.

My brother was going through a phase of phoning our mother, disguising his voice pretending to be various officials, to humorous effect. For instance, he phoned once and pretended to be from the Planning Department of our council, telling her that our house extension had not been approved. Mum got angry, stating we don't have an extension. My brother then revealed it was him.

So when Patrick Moore rang my mother to say we would be welcome to visit, she was wise to my brother's japes. "Yeah right," she said in a rude, off-hand manner. But as the conversation continued, it emerged that it really was Patrick Moore.

He proved very hospitable, and showed us some amazing sights from his garden observatory. When we eventually had to leave (I had school the next day) he seemed very sorry to see us go.

I occasionally wrote to him for a short time after that, and always got a reply. When I wrote to him again in 2001, to say I had inherited 1000 and wanted advice on buying a telescope, he phoned me the following morning to say where I could buy one locally. I eventually got a Maksutov-Cassegrain 125mm scope. Turning up late for work was a delight - "Sorry I'm late, Sir Patrick Moore was on the phone."

I think he's long-since passed the torch on, but wow, was that an impressive torch.

Sticks
2012-Dec-09, 03:21 PM
Reported on the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939)


British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, his friends and colleagues have said.

He "passed away peacefully at 12:25 this afternoon" at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, they said in a statement.

Sir Patrick presented the BBC programme The Sky At Night for over 50 years, making him the longest-running host of the same television show ever.

He wrote dozens of books on astronomy and his research was used by the US and the Russians in their space programmes.

Described by one of his close friends as "fearlessly eccentric", Sir Patrick was notable for his habit of wearing a monocle on screen and his idiosyncratic style.

Sir Patrick presented the first edition of The Sky at Night on 24th April 1957. He last appeared in an episode broadcast on Monday.

This is truly the end of an era and one wonders what will happen to the Sky at night now

JohnD
2012-Dec-09, 05:35 PM
Lovely Moore anecdote, Paul.
Mine is relatively trivial.

As an adult I wrote to Patrick about some especially beautiful sky photographs that he showed on The Sky at Night.
His reply was a typed, not printed, letter, done on an old machine that dropped the characters off the line, and signed in ink, so I have no doubt that he did it himself. His advice was detailed and helpful. What other man in his position would not have had assistants to do this for him, or merely acknowledged such requests?

A lovely man, with an enormous legacy in the UK alone of astronomical enthusiasts, amateur and professional, that he got interested in 'The Sky at Night'.
John

wd40
2012-Dec-09, 05:42 PM
Moore RIP interviewing Armstrong RIP in 1970
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtdcdxvNI1o

Notice Moore's typical ultra-clipped typical RAF accent from the WW2 era, today extinct and almost uncomprehensible in today's UK.

JohnD
2012-Dec-09, 06:14 PM
You're being a bit unkind to Sir Patrick, wd40!

Yes, he spoke in an old fashioned way, and since his stroke with difficulty, but his speech or writing were never less than clear.
Neil Armstrong had no problem understanding him, so why do you say that people in the UK found him incomprehensible?

He did speak very fast at times!

JOhn

wd40
2012-Dec-09, 06:43 PM
The previous generation (ie over 55) understood Sir Moore no problem.

But with today's UK dialect explosion
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2004/apr/01/highereducation.britishidentity many in the current generation listening to him from the 70s would wonder from which country he originated.

Glom
2012-Dec-09, 06:52 PM
Very sad.


Outstanding astronomy UK TV educator Patrick Moore passes away at 89

http://news.sky.com/story/1022912/sir-patrick-moore-89-dies-at-home

The love of Moore's life whom he intended to marry was killed by a German bomb in WW2 after which he said he could never find another woman. He joined RAF bombers.

http://www.ciaranbrown.com/images/patrickmooreRAF180.jpg

He recently caused a stir in the EEC by stating: "The Germans started WW1. They started WW2. Mark my words: the Germans are going to start WW3!".

Bit old school to talk about EEC.

KaiYeves
2012-Dec-09, 07:21 PM
:-(

We've lost too many space notables this year.

Jakenorrish
2012-Dec-09, 08:22 PM
Its been a long time since I logged in here but I had to add my thoughts. Sir Patrick Moore is the reason I and so many people in the UK and further afield became interested in astronomy. His ability to communicate complex science in a non patronising, informative and sometimes humorous way were strengths we seldom see in broadcasters or scientists.

Without his enthusiasm, I would probably never have experienced delights such as solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers, comet Hale Bopp or the wonders of the Moon and planets. I owe him a debt of gratitude I could never repay. I was honoured to meet him once and shaking his hand will stay with me forever.

We were lucky to have his talents for so many years, the Sky at Night is better now than ever before. It must continue in his honour for decades to come.

RIP Sir and thank-you with all my heart.

Swift
2012-Dec-09, 08:58 PM
The previous generation (ie over 55) understood Sir Moore no problem.

But with today's UK dialect explosion
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2004/apr/01/highereducation.britishidentity many in the current generation listening to him from the 70s would wonder from which country he originated.
wd40,

You are derailing this thread with a side conversation that is completely off-topic. This is not allowed, even if you did start the thread. You have a habit of doing this - stop.

wd40
2012-Dec-09, 10:11 PM
Look at the intensity on Patrick Moore's face as they wait to see if Apollo 13 survived reentry http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLCbbbKsaeg

These fellows were a different breed of space/astronomy reporter.

mapguy
2012-Dec-10, 03:11 PM
His book New Concise Atlas of the Universe fed my interest in astronomy all through my childhood.

Swift
2012-Dec-10, 04:31 PM
He proved very hospitable, and showed us some amazing sights from his garden observatory. When we eventually had to leave (I had school the next day) he seemed very sorry to see us go.

I occasionally wrote to him for a short time after that, and always got a reply. When I wrote to him again in 2001, to say I had inherited 1000 and wanted advice on buying a telescope, he phoned me the following morning to say where I could buy one locally. I eventually got a Maksutov-Cassegrain 125mm scope. Turning up late for work was a delight - "Sorry I'm late, Sir Patrick Moore was on the phone."

That is way cool.

R.A.F.
2012-Dec-11, 01:08 AM
A sad day indeed although 89 years isnt a bad "run" ...i wouldnt mind living 89 years...of course that opinion will change by the time im 88. :D

Cosmologist
2012-Dec-11, 01:46 AM
Just found out. Was looking for some news about it at the forum. I remember watching him on Dr Who the other year and thinking oh good he is still alive. Loved his tv show as a kid.