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RIP Sir Patrick Moore Answered

The greatest British populariser of astronomy and space science, Sir Patrick Moore died today at 89. I would suggest that nearly 100% of British astronomers were influenced by Moore and his TV programme, The Sky at Night - of which, Sir Patrick was the longest serving presenter of any TV series anywhere.

It is hard to imagine any more iconic figure in science media than Patrick Moore.

A great loss.

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lemonie (author)2012-12-09

Has anything been named after him?

L

(Probably I think, but don't know)

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2012-12-09

At least one asteroid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2602_Moore), but I have a feeling that there's a flower as well?

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2012-12-13

I've got a connection with Christopher Lee and a rose somewhere (I think), Yes I could go looking at wikis but there wouldn't be much discussion.

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steveastrouk (author)Kiteman2012-12-09

Now he's passed on, he might get a moon crater named after him. Moore's drawings of the moon were used by NASA and Soviet moon landing planners

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Nostalgic Guy (author)2012-12-09

As Brian May has said "There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one."
I do hope they keep The Sky at Night running it would be a fitting tribute to him for it to continue for another 55 years.

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Sadly, I was talking to the producer of it at the All Night Star Party event the BBC ran at Jodrell Bank a few years ago, and he was of the opinion it would end when Patrick died.

Steve

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