A huge loss to the world- an incredible gentleman- thinker, scientist, musician and war hero.
I feel like Ive lost a favorite uncle- hes been part of my life since childhood, and The Sky at Night (he presented this program from 1957!) was
always a pleasure to watch- the title music always made me feel awe and wonder at the universe he described.
The true scientist who admitted how little mankind actually knew, and enjoyed the fact that we continue to learn everyday. Theres an anecdote they
keep playing on BBC News by one of the other presenters of 'The Sky at Night 'who had been spoken to by Sir Patrick as a child at school. Apparently
he said 'well, thats all we know about the planets in our solar system at the moment- very little. Im sure if I come back in 10 years I would be able
to tell you much more!', showing that he revelled in mankinds endeavours in astronomy, but that we were just starting to understand a vast and
One thing many people are unaware of is Sir Patricks interest in Transient Lunar Phenomenon. The term was created by Patrick Moore during his
co-authoring of NASA Technical Report R-277 Chronological Catalog of Reported Lunar Events, published in 1968. These are visible changes viewed on the
Moons surface from Earth and have been written about for over a 1000 years.
He lied about his age in order to join the RAF and fight in World War II at the age of sixteen, and from 1940 until 1945 he served as a navigator in
RAF Bomber Command, reaching the rank of Flight lieutenant. He first received his flying training in Canada, during which time he met Albert Einstein
and Orville Wright while on leave in New York.
He never married, and had only one romance, during the war. He was engaged to a nurse called Lorna, who was killed when a German bomb struck her
ambulance. Tragically, he once said "there was no one else for me...second best is no good for me...I would have liked a wife and family, but it was
not to be." He never forgave Germany for this, and famously said "if I saw the entire German nation sinking into the sea, I could be relied upon to
help push it down."
He had some unfortunate political beliefs- a confirmed 'Thatcherite', a Tory voter for many years, he remained a supporter and patron of the
eurosceptic UK Independence Party until his death. Nobodys perfect.
Apparently he was unwell last week and was admitted to hospital, where '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.'
So thankyou, Sir Patrick. You will be greatly missed.