A well known and loved British science personality, Sir Patrick Moore, has died at the age of 89. The voice of popular astronomy for more than half a century, his monocled presentation of ‘The Sky at Night’ on BBC TV was a fixture in many astronomers almanacs. This article has just been posted on the BBC website:
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.
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