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    thelog
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    [h=1]Sir Patrick Moore, astronomer and broadcaster, dies aged 89[/h]COMMENTS (135)
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    Sir Patrick Moore’s contribution to the world of astronomy

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    British astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore has died, aged 89, his friends and colleagues have said.
    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.
    A statement by his friends and staff said: “After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy.
    “Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in, a few weeks ago.
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    Through his regular monthly programmes he was telling us what to look for and what was out there and that was a real inspiration”

    Maggie Aderin-PocockSpace scientist

    “He was able to perform on his world record-holding TV programme The Sky at Night right up until the most recent episode .
    “His executors and close friends plan to fulfil his wishes for a quiet ceremony of interment, but a farewell event is planned for what would have been Patrick’s 90th birthday in March 2013.”
    ‘Father figure’Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore was born at Pinner, Middlesex on 4 Mar 1923.
    Heart problems meant he spent much of his childhood being educated at home and he became an avid reader. His mother gave him a copy of GF Chambers’ book, The Story of the Solar System, and this sparked his lifelong passion for astronomy.
    When war came he turned down a place at Cambridge and lied about his age to join the RAF, serving as a navigator with Bomber Command and rising to the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
    But the war brought him a personal tragedy after his fiancee, Lorna, was killed when an ambulance she was driving was hit by a bomb. He never married.
    Sir Patrick, who had a pacemaker fitted in 2006 and received a knighthood in 2001, won a Bafta for services to television and was a honorary fellow of the Royal Society.
    Queen guitarist Brian May, who published a book on astronomy written with Sir Patrick, described him as a “dear friend, and a kind of father figure to me”.
    He said: “Patrick will be mourned by the many to whom he was a caring uncle, and by all who loved the delightful wit and clarity of his writings, or enjoyed his fearlessly eccentric persona in public life.
    “Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one.”
    ‘Charming and hospitable’British space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock said she was first inspired to “look at the night sky” through Sir Patrick.
    “Through his regular monthly programmes he was telling us what to look for and what was out there and that was a real inspiration.
    “Why [The Sky At Night] was so successful is because of his passion. He branched an amazing era, he was broadcasting before we actually went into space and so he saw a change in our understanding of the universe and he took us all the way through that, right up to today.”
    Television presenter and physicist Professor Brian Cox posted a message on Twitter saying: “Very sad news about Sir Patrick. Helped inspire my love of astronomy. I will miss him!”
    Space scientist Dr David Whitehouse said Sir Patrick was “the monthly source of information for youngsters interested in astronomy”.
    “We relied on Patrick to tell us about the moon landings, the probe to the planets, the developments in astronomy, before the internet age.”
    And Dr Marek Kakula, public astronomer at Royal Observatory in Greenwich, described him as a “very charming and hospitable man”.
    “When you came to his home he would always make sure you had enough to eat and drink. He was full of really entertaining and amusing stories.
    “There are many many professional astronomers like me who can actually date their interest in astronomy to watching Patrick on TV, so his impact on the world of professional astronomy as well as amateur is hard to overstate.”

    RIP Sir Patrick, you did they world a grand service.

    #1263316
    Chrispydelic
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    RIP Sir Patrick, you are and always will be a total legend.

    When I get my high powered, tracking telescope for my birthday and use it for the first time, I will be thinking of you Sir.

    #1263317
    Mezz
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    Everyone’s passing is a loss to someone, only the few are a loss to everyone…… RIP

    #1263310
    Pat McDonald
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    Goodbye you old nonce. At least you kept your nose clean for 50 odd years.

    (Yes he was cautioned if not convicted for cottaging back in the 50s. It’s a funny old world).

    #1263302
    thelog
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    @Pat McDonald 510721 wrote:

    Goodbye you old nonce. At least you kept your nose clean for 50 odd years.

    (Yes he was cautioned if not convicted for cottaging back in the 50s. It’s a funny old world).

    Doesn’t make him any less of a human to me, but cottaging in the 50’s was big trouble if you got caught. Trying to think if peter wildblood was convicted in the 50’s or 40’s.But he was being convicted of being “gay” Thing is If you had homosexual tendantcys back then, it’s not like you could pop over to soho or kemptown and meet up with other gay fellas. Also Sir Alec Guinness was apparently also convicted of the same thing.

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    Mezz
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    @Pat McDonald 510721 wrote:

    Goodbye you old nonce. At least you kept your nose clean for 50 odd years.

    (Yes he was cautioned if not convicted for cottaging back in the 50s. It’s a funny old world).

    Nonces are child abusers, Cottaging is a term for gays seeking other gays purely for sex in semi-public places………… HUGE difference

    I didnt know he was gay, but franking it makes no difference and he was NOT a nonce

    #1263303
    thelog
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    @Mezz 510735 wrote:

    Nonces are child abusers, Cottaging is a term for gays seeking other gays purely for sex in semi-public places………… HUGE difference

    I didnt know he was gay, but franking it makes no difference and he was NOT a nonce

    Yeah I think patrisha was using the term loosely to be fair i’m sure he ment to harm

    #1263311
    Pat McDonald
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    @Mezz 510735 wrote:

    Nonces are child abusers, Cottaging is a term for gays seeking other gays purely for sex in semi-public places………… HUGE difference

    I didnt know he was gay, but franking it makes no difference and he was NOT a nonce

    Depends on whose dick he was eyeing up really. I must admit I’m filling in the blanks as “public indecency in a public convenience” covers a wide variety of naughty activity.

    #1263304
    thelog
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    Like the swimming pool

    #1263319
    Mezz
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    @Pat McDonald 510988 wrote:

    Depends on whose dick he was eyeing up really. I must admit I’m filling in the blanks as “public indecency in a public convenience” covers a wide variety of naughty activity.

    Put it in the context of when it happened, he was caught back in the days when homo-sexual acts were illegal so of course those that did it back then tried to remain anonymous, they couldnt just pick someone up at a club and go back to one of there pads like today for fear of being identified.

    Ive never understood gays TBH, pretty sure no straight person does, but each to their own and so long as they dont hurt anyone ( the stay away from underage applies to gay & straight ), then Im glad the law has changed and now allows them to do it in the privacy of their own homes.

    Patrick Moore was a great person, and that dont change because his sexual preference

    #1263320
    Mezz
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    @Pat McDonald 510988 wrote:

    Depends on whose dick he was eyeing up really. I must admit I’m filling in the blanks as “public indecency in a public convenience” covers a wide variety of naughty activity.

    Put it in the context of when it happened, he was caught back in the days when homo-sexual acts were illegal so of course those that did it back then tried to remain anonymous, they couldnt just pick someone up at a club and go back to one of there pads like today for fear of being identified.

    Ive never understood gays TBH, pretty sure no straight person does, but each to their own and so long as they dont hurt anyone ( the stay away from underage applies to gay & straight ), then Im glad the law has changed and now allows them to do it in the privacy of their own homes.

    Patrick Moore was a great person, and that dont change because his sexual preference

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    Pat McDonald
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    @Mezz 510996 wrote:

    Patrick Moore was a great person, and that dont change because his sexual preference

    And Jimmy Saville? Was he a great person too? Raised a lot of money for heart patients after all.

    Oh wait, it’s OK to slag a DJ, it’s not OK to slag a scientist? Isn’t that just a teeny tiny bit unfair?

    Anyway kids, remember this much – you can’t libel the dead. Although I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are VERY sure of what you are talking about.

    #1263305
    thelog
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    LOL “teeny” and “jimmy saville”

    #1263321
    Mezz
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    @Pat McDonald 511030 wrote:

    And Jimmy Saville? Was he a great person too? Raised a lot of money for heart patients after all.

    Oh wait, it’s OK to slag a DJ, it’s not OK to slag a scientist? Isn’t that just a teeny tiny bit unfair?

    Anyway kids, remember this much – you can’t libel the dead. Although I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are VERY sure of what you are talking about.

    Totally different, Saville was a kiddy fiddler, should dig him and piss on his corpse. Moore was just a Homo at a time when it was illegal

    #1263314
    Pat McDonald
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    Nope. Moore was convicted. Saville wasn’t.

    In the eyes of the law, one was a criminal and one was not.

    Don’t like it? Tough shit, that’s the way it is.

    #1263306
    thelog
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    Come on now fellas, lets agree to disagree and move on,

    I just hate it when people argue :hiding:

    #1263322
    Mezz
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    @Pat McDonald 511044 wrote:

    Nope. Moore was convicted. Saville wasn’t.

    In the eyes of the law, one was a criminal and one was not.

    Don’t like it? Tough shit, that’s the way it is.

    Yeah well Hitler was never tried or convicted for war crimes because he died before anyone could prosecute him, and I was found guilty of Section 47 Assault when I was 17……………. so by your logic in the eyes of the law am I the bigger criminal ? Just lolz and that logic

    #1263315
    Pat McDonald
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    @thelog 511048 wrote:

    Come on now fellas, lets agree to disagree and move on,

    I just hate it when people argue :hiding:

    Ah… misunderstanding. I thought the thread title was “rip the piss out of Patrick Moore”, not an obituary for a dead person.

    Mezz, the law is an arse. AN ARSE. You learned that when you were 17. Some people never ever learn it at all.

    #1263323
    Mezz
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    @Pat McDonald 511067 wrote:

    Ah… misunderstanding. I thought the thread title was “rip the piss out of Patrick Moore”, not an obituary for a dead person.

    Mezz, the law is an arse. AN ARSE. You learned that when you were 17. Some people never ever learn it at all.

    lol eh men to that

    #1263307
    thelog
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    rip sir patrick moore, you are a fucker pat

    #1263309
    cheeseweasel
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    @Pat McDonald 510721 wrote:

    Goodbye you old nonce. At least you kept your nose clean for 50 odd years.

    (Yes he was cautioned if not convicted for cottaging back in the 50s. It’s a funny old world).

    Interested to know your source for this info, I’ve not come across any evidence that he was a paedophile (or gay, for that matter). Not to say I don’t believe you, he was a dodgy looking fucker to say the least, but it’s a pretty serious accusation to make in an RIP thread without any evidence to support it.

    #1263308
    thelog
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    I tried looking too and all i could find was sir alec guinness

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