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Sir Patrick Moore My Tribute

Updated on March 17, 2013
source The Telegraph
source The Telegraph

Sir Patrick Moore England's well known and greatest Astronomer, has died at the grand old age of 89. He was most famous for his fascinating and easy to understand The Sky At Night Series, which he presented for over fifty years. He passed away peacefully at his home in Selsey, West Sussex, where he stated that it was his wish to be there with his family, and his most loved cat Ptolemy.

Patrick Moore was said to be the only man still alive to have met the first man to fly, Orville Wright. Along with the first Russian in Space Yuri Gagarin, and the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong. Also the famous physicist Albert Einstein.

Over the last few years his health has become worse, and he recorded most of his Sky At Night Series from his home. Along with help from Astronomers Chris Lintott, Brian Cox, and many others. He was a legend and will be surely missed.

What Patrick Moore Meant To Me.

I believe that people, objects and certain experiences are the backdrop to our lives. Like the first splash of paint on the canvas of our life, certain people become part of our existence. Patrick Moore was one of those people.

I grew up watching his series on TV, and at the age of 5 I remember sitting outside on a chrisp Winters night shivering in my huge oversized coat, and peering through my elder brothers telescope, seeing Venus for the first time. My brother was clutching his first Astronomers book endorsed by Patrick Moore. That is probably one of my first memories of our avid interest in Astronomy.

At the age of 14, my brother Andrew Turner, and friends Keith and Mark were published in the local newspaper because they had sighted one of the new satellites. With great excitement my brother came downstairs a few days later to be met with a letter from Patrick stating how excited he was for my brother, and would he and his little friends like to come down to Selsey and take tea with Patrick Moore?!

My brother was stunned and so delighted. He had received a letter from the great man himself. It couldn't get better than that. Sadly it wasn't to be as we didn't have much money back then to go and visit. But we wrote to say thank you to Patrick and he replied saying anytime you are down that way then just pop in!

Thanks to that letter my brother was taken to The Winkfield Tracking Station, the Satellite and Space Radio Research facility, in Berkshire, along with his friends, and a teacher who couldn't believe his luck!

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Thank You Sir Patrick Moore.

Over the years since then my brother has gone on to be a keen Astronomer, buying the magazines, watching The Sky At Night and joining various groups to advance his knowledge. Sir Patrick Moore did that. He was the one who ignited the flame of my brothers interest in Astronomy. And mine too. I love Science, Astronomy and Quantum Physics. And down through the years Patrick has been the backbone of our interest. He has been on the canvas of my life.

So I would like to say thank you Sir Patrick Moore. You were the backdrop to my childhood and because of you my interests in the World and the Universe are what they are today.

I just hope the Astronomers who follow in your wake will still treat Astronomy with the same schoolboy fascination that has kept you and us spellbound over the years.

Sir Patrick Moore. (4th March 1923 - 9 December 2012)

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Hi aesta, yes I totally understand what you mean, I love science, and because of Patrick its just part of us now, me and my brother both love it, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      3 years ago from England

      Hi Vellur, thanks so much for reading, yes he was a real inspiration, nell

      Hiya mary, thanks so much, we watched him for so many years that he seemed part of the family, lovely guy, thanks

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Sometime, when I view science shows, I wish I had a very good introduction to Science like what you had. I don't know much really and I am just catching up in my old age on this very fascinating world of knowledge.

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      Mary Craig 

      3 years ago from New York

      What a lovely tribute to a great man. I'm sure he influenced many to learn about and love astronomy. Having such an interesting and gentle man was surely a benefit to all and his passing is a great loss. Written with your usual style.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 years ago from Dubai

      A great introduction to a great astronomer, it is great that he lit up the spark of astronomy in your brother. Thank you for sharing.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Alun, thats it exactly! these days everybody on tv are so robotic that if they had another person like Patrick Moore it would be so much more interesting, I noticed in the paper that since Brian Cox has started teaching at Manchester university the kids are lining up to take his class, they may have to make a bigger classroom! lol! now thats what I like to see, maybe if more of the scientists on tv did this it would make astronomy and quantum physics the thing to study, thanks for reading, nell

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      5 years ago from Essex, UK

      Thank you Nell for posting this article. Among the tributes paid to him, Patrick Moore's role in inspiring today's generation of astronomers and his consideration in always replying to letters from the public have both been widely mentioned, and in your tribute too.

      He was undoubtably eccentric and it's been suggested that with his dishevelled appearance, rapid speech and general eccentricity, he wouldn't have fitted into today's idea of the ideal broadcaster - more's the pity, because the longevity of his programme and his presentation of it demonstrate just how ideal he was for the role as the public's guide to the joy of astronomy. No doubt 'The Sky At Night' will go on, but it won't be the same. Voted up. Alun.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi michael, thanks so much for reading, yes I was in tears when I saw this on tv, I have grown up with him, he was always on our tv, and my brother hero worshipped him, so sad, thanks!

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      molometer 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have been watching Sir Patrick Moore, for as long as I can remember.

      He was a British institution and will be sorely missed.

      I watched him last month and thought that he was looking frail.

      He has been rather weak for several years but his enthusiasm never left him.

      Great tribute Nell all the buttons.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much alocsin, yes he was a very special man and someone we both looked up too, thanks for reading, nell

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      alocsin 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I like to think of myself as keeping up on astronomy, but I had not heard Sir Patrick Moore. Science education has lost a treasure. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Glimmer, thanks for reading, yes we grew up with Patrick in the background, my brother is still a bit upset bless him! sometimes you don't realise how much someone influences you until they go, thanks as always, nell

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      What an incredibly beautiful personal tribute! I love it when well-known or even non-well-known people touch someone's life in such a way. Thank you for telling this story.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Fossil, long time no see! lol! don't know about smart! haha! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi paula, he really was in the background of our lives, as we grew up we watched him every week, and of course what with the letters from him and things, I will miss seeing him, what a great british eccentric he was, and so interesting! thanks as always, nell

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      Kathi 

      5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hello Nell . . . This is such a lovely tribute for Sir Patrick Moore. I'm certain he's honored by this from above and his family must be as well! I can see why he had such an impact on you and your brother! You guys must be real smart . . . hee! Cheers

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      Paula 

      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Nell....I have heard of this great Astronomer....If I recall, it was actually in school where I first learned of him. You have written a marvelous tribute to him, Nell in your unique and fascinating way. Knowing of him and watching his show, from childhood, appears to be a gift you treasure to this day. You and your brother were wise, to be interested and learn from one of the very best. May he R.I.P........UP+++

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, he was really something special over the years, and we will miss seeing him on tv, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, this was interesting. What an interesting man and he must have really been excellent to influence so well.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Mazzy, yes I saw that too, how lovely, the fact that he still remembered her all these years later. so sad and yes I hope there really is an afterlife so that they can be together now, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Mazzy Bolero 

      5 years ago from the U.K.

      One personal fact about Patrick Moore I found quite moving was that when his fiancee, a nurse, was killed by a German bomb during the war, while he was away in the Air Force, he declared that he would never marry. He didn't want anyone else. I hope there is an afterlife - though I doubt if he believed in one - so they can be united again. He was a one-off and no-one can really replace him.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi alan, he may well do, I hope its going to be chris and of course brian cox, I can sit and listen to him for hours, whether its about astronomy or physics he has such an interesting voice, it will keep going, but sadly won't be quite the same without our Patrick, thanks for reading, nell

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      He was a pioneer in persuading 'Auntie Beeb' to invest in programmes on astronomy in the 1960's. There is thanks to him a large following that keeps tabs on movements beyond Earth's immediate environs. Perhaps Brian May will take up the baton?

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Daisy, yes I think you have to like Astronomy or be involved to know who he is, especially in the States, over here everybody knows him because he has been around for so long, fascinating to see your boyfriend has two MA degrees in Astronomy way to go! lol!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Mary, thanks so much, yes he was a great man, and was always there in the background in my house, with the books and programs etc, glad you liked it, and thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Peanut, yes he loved his cats, what I loved about him was that they said he could have made a fortune but he just was not interested, all he wanted was his house, cats and astronomy, not many of those left any more, wonderful man, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks so much Seeker, yes he was an icon in the astronomy world, and his enthusiasm always made me smile, one of our great Brit Eccentrics! lol! thank you, nell

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      I've voted this up awesome and beautiful! This is a great tribute to one of our most loved British icons! When I think of Patrick Moore from over the years as a child up until now, it strike's me how he always looked exactly the same, never changing, so recognisable. Yet, what I will admire about him for all time is his enthusiasm and sheer love of the subject he taught to so many tv audiences.

      A wonderful man who will be sadly missed by so many! But this hub is a wonderful tribute to him!

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      Tara Carbery 

      5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      This was a lovely tribute Nell. He was a lovely man and his enthusiam bubbled out of him. You could not help but feel his passion for astronomy. He was also a fellow cat lover so he must have been nice! I'm sad he's gone but glad he had a long life and died at home with his family and cats with him.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      What a wonderful tribute to a man who sounds both interesting and inspiring. We haven't heard of him here but your personal slant to this hub has made him more relate-able to us.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Thanks for writing this wonderful tribute to Sir Patrick. Your tribute is especially brilliant because of the anecdotes and personal touch you added to it.

      One of my boyfriend's two MA degrees from The Ohio State University is in astronomy. We have several of Sir Patrick's books at home. He is quite well known in the astronomy world in the United States.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi starbright, wasn't he? lol! he used to get so excited! thanks for reading, and I am glad you liked it, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Larry, I was suprised to see that he wasn't that well known across the pond, I thought he was famous everywhere. It was his maps that got the moon landings going, and if it wasn't for him they wouldn't have known the layout etc, buzz aldrin gave a tribute to him last night, he was one of the best and its going to be strange watching the sky at night without him, thanks as always, and Mamikon sounds amazing!

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      Lucy Jones 

      5 years ago from Scandinavia

      Wonderful tribute to Sir Patrick. He was always so enthusiastic about all things universe. Thanks again for bringing us interesting reading Nell.

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      Larry Fields 

      5 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell,

      You've written a wonderful tribute. Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any of Sir Patrick's presentations being available on American TV.

      I've had a few teachers and professors who strongly encouraged my interests in maths and chemistry. In recent years, an Armenian-American mathematical physicist, named Mamikon has been a source of inspiration for me. He's a latter-day Archimedes.

      One of of his passions is creating mathematical games and puzzles. I remember one evening, when I decided to give Mamikon a hard time. I asked: Can you create a mathematical or scientific puzzle that begins with these immortal words?

      "It was a dark and stormy night."

      Mamikon created a puzzle out of that, on the spot, without a moment's hesitation. I was gobsmacked.

      Voted up.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Pamela, yes he was the one that got us into Astronomy, made us interested and my brother especially has more or less run his hobby life around it since, thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks Gypsy, my brother got a letter from him, but sadly never got to meet the big guy, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Ruby, thanks for reading, yes he has always been in the background of my family ever since I was small, so I thought I would give him the send off he deserved, thanks as always, nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Patrick Moore was certainly a man to be admired. What a wonderful legacy he left behind. Very interesting and awesome hub!

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      Gypsy Willow 

      5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Great tribute to a great man. Your brother was so lucky to have met him. So sad he has gone.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Very interesting Nell, I have never heard of Sir Patrick Moore, but i can feel your love for this man. A great tribute to him. It warmed my heart knowing he wanted to be at home with his beloved cat. Thank you for sharing..Cheers.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi avian, thanks so much, yes rock on Sir Patrick, you did it good! lol!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      What a lovely tribute. It pleases me that you and your brother had such a great mentor. I was and still am a stargazer, myself. Rock on, Sir Patrick!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi drbj, yep he was straight as the dye as my mum would have said! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi christopher, yes he did look tired in that one didn't he? thats what he would have wanted I am sure, working up till the end, thanks for reading christopher, nell

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      A great tribute, Nell, to a great man who appears to have been down to earth although his passion was the sky above.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I have just finished watching his last programme, broadcast only a week ago. He worked up to the very end. He was truly a great man.

      He will be sorely missed.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks diane, he was one of the greats, and got most of the other scientists involved with astronomy, great man, thanks nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi billy, really? I thought he would be as famous as David attenborough, and others such as Stephen hawking, maybe he isn't so well known over there, he was a real character you would have loved him, thanks as always billy, nell

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      A beautiful, well done obituary and tribute to Sir Patrick Moore. Thank you Nell for another enlightening Hub. My condolences to his family.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Thanks sandra, yes it had to be done, he was one of my hero's thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi innerspin, it was exciting at the time, and yes I can imagine that he was hard to miss! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      HI Jools, yes he was one of the people who everyone knew but took more notice of when and if you got interested in Astronomy, what a great character though, thanks for reading, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, yes my brother was so excited! he is just one of those people who has always been there in the background over the years, such a shame yet he had a great life, thanks!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is sad news, Nell. I enjoyed watching Patrick Moore on television too. How wonderful that your brother received an invitation to visit him! That must have been such an exciting experience.

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      Jools99 

      5 years ago from North-East UK

      Nice tribute Nell. I remember watching him commentating on TV during the first walk on the moon and seeing him occasionally over the years as a young teenager when i also had a brief interest in astronomy. He had a good innings and nice that he was still doing what he loved right to the end of his life.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      5 years ago from uk

      Nice tribute, Nell. How exciting for your brother to have received a letter from the great man. We had a couple of family holidays in Selsey when I was a youngster, and would see Patrick walking about town. He was hard to miss! What a fabulous life he lead.

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      Sandra Busby 

      5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Oh, Nell Rose, what a lovely tribute to a great man that influence yours and your brother's life. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sadly, I have never heard of him, but thanks to you for enlightening me, I will look him up on YouTube and begin my education. Wonderful tribute, Nell.

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