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Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sir Patrick Moore Has Died

Sad news.  The great, eccentric television astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, has died.  No one who ever saw his shows could forget how he explained the night skies, which will seem a little dimmer in his absence.

I find his personal life story quite moving, I should add.  His fiancee was killed during the Second World War, and he never married or had a family, as a consequence, saying that she had been the only one for him.  A pacifist who loved cats, he had a suspicion of European entanglement derived from the war years; and, though never officially educated as an astronomer was widely recognised as one of the major figures in his field in our time.  His is an example of stoic amateurism and enthusiasm gone right - where a person loved something so much they could share it with the world.
Man of the skies 

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