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    Default Sir Patrick Moore RIP :(

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20657939

    Sir Patrick Moore has died at home aged 89. There really isn't anything I could say that would do justice to this man, so I won't even try. A sad day indeed.

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    Very, very sad to hear.

    I've just got my handcuffs and my truncheon and that's enough.

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    I'm still shocked to hear about this. Watching The Sky At Night just won't be the same now. Despite that programme's massive significance subject matter.
    R.I.P. Sir Patrick Moore.
    I like to think he now knows every secret about the universe wherever he is.

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    A true legend and one-off gentleman. He'll be sadly missed.

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    Truly a sad day. He was one of a kind, a true gentleman.

    R.I.P Sir Patrick Moore, you'll always be missed on The Sky at Night.


    His maps of the moon were used for the apollo missions; His work made it in to space even if he never did. And he made it in to Doctor Who too.

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    A great local hero as well as a National one; the South Downs planetarium is on the same site as our school, and all the local schools that use it are greeted by a mannekin of the great man himself.

    I'd encourage everyone to read his autobiography - you won't agree with everything he says, but along with Attenborough he was one of the last true Science eccentrics.

    Enjoy the cosmos in a new way, Sir P
    Bazinga !

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    It's cheesy but you will smile.
    Pity. I have no understanding of the word. It is not registered in my vocabulary bank. EXTERMINATE!

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    Sad, but as I said today, age gets us all in the end. He reached a good age, and most importantly he was still involved in the program that was his passion up until the other week.

    He was obviously a huge inspiration on me to study Astronomy - my parents used to get me his books, and subscribe to the Sky At Night newsletters for me. I got to see one of his talks back in 1999 which was pretty impressive.

    Part of me feels I should blog about him, but with Neil Armstrong and my Auntie Jill, I feel a bit overkill on the obits.
    Remember, just because Davros is dead doesn't mean the Dalek menace has been contained ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    R.I.P. Sir Patrick Moore.
    I like to think he now knows every secret about the universe wherever he is.
    Well not know, but be in a better position to explore. "We just don't know, but I full intend to find out!"

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    Very sad news. One of my girls' got some facebook bile about him on her thread- 'good riddance to one more bigot' type thing, with one or two contributors claiming he was a right wing, racist, misogynist'.

    It's not the impression I got from watching him. Sure, he undoubtedly had a few anachronistic societal notions, but I'm yet to meet a 90 year old that didn't. It'd be good riddance to a lot of our nans and great uncles.

    All I know is he was a remarkable, charismatic man who inspired a lot of us to look up a little more often, to pay attention to the galaxies that appear when you just hold your gaze a little bit longer, and to not only see a bit of magic, but to have a name for it. Good enough for me.

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    Sad news indeed. Not a complete shock if I'm honest but that doesn't take away how sad it is.
    I was into astromony many years ago before a certain blue box kept distracting me. I loved books about the universe and I always used to watch the Sky At Night - even though it was on so late.

    I still chuckle when I see him play the vibraphone!

    He will be missed

    RIP Sir Patrick

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