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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Dec 9, 2012 14:27:49 GMT -6
Sir Patrick Moore dead at 89
Esteemed Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore has died at 89 years of age, after over 50 years of sharing the skies with astronomy fans the world over. Living with a heart condition, he finally succumbed to an infection, passing away quietly at home in England.
I have two of his books that I enjoyed reading, one in particular is the one on Binocular astronomy. I understand his gruff exterior was not part of his everyday life, extending courtesies to all and welcomed discussions of astronomy.
I consider him in the same league as Sagan...educating and inspiring all who seek knowledge of the heavens.
Nothing amateur about his work.
Thanks Sir Patrick....
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I have been a bit of an on and off astronomer over the years, not losing interest, more like life being very busy at periods.
But the interest remained, having been started by Sir Pat during the coverage of the Apollo 11 landing, when my old dad got a very young mo up to watch it on live TV, stoked again by the Sky at Night over numerous decades.
Sir Patrick always seemed to be there, a national institution, just going on and on.
Post by Paulie pchris00 on Dec 12, 2012 7:50:05 GMT -6
I wouldn't hesitate to put Sir Patrick Moore in the same category as Sagan, but on this side of the pond, he is not as well known. Certainly Moore is a tremendous loss to the astronomical community, but England has lost a national icon. His fifty plus years as presenter of Sky at Night will likely remain a record for a long, long time.
"Just a boy, just an ordinary boy, but he was looking to the sky." -Vanessa Carlton