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What are your memories of astronomer Sir Patrick Moore?

PUBLISHED: 13:30 10 December 2012 | UPDATED: 15:29 10 December 2012

Sir Patrick Moore. Picture: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Sir Patrick Moore. Picture: Edmond Terakopian/PA Wire

Following the death of astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, we’d like to hear your memories of the eccentric broadcaster.

Sir Patrick inspired successive generations of stargazers with his television series The Sky At Night and wrote more than 60 books on astronomy.

He celebrated the 55th anniversary of the BBC programme in April, with it becoming the longest running television series with the same presenter.

Many tributes have already been paid to the 89-year-old, who died at his home in West Sussex yesterday afternoon.

Queen guitarist Brian May, who co-wrote two books with Sir Patrick, 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.”

Meanwhile Professor Cox, who presents a number of science programmes for the BBC, wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news about Sir Patrick. Helped inspire my love of astronomy. I will miss him!”

You can leave your memories and tribute to Sir Patrick below.

*See tomorrow’s Evening News for tributes to Sir Patrick from Norfolk astronomers

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  • I remember Sir Patrick Moore being the guest speaker at the Norwich Astronomical Society annual meeting when I was no more than about 10 or 11 years old - so this must be about 50 years ago. Sir Patrick had driven up to Norwich in his Morris Minor to give a speech. It was his book of the Observers Book of Astronomy which sparked a life long interest in astronomy for me. So, of course, I had to ask him to autograph it for me. He invited me to sit beside him during the evening in case I had any questions he could help with. In real life, he was as big as he appeared on television, wearing massive heavy boots. During the speeches, he crossed his legs and managed to kick me in the shin, cue a massive cut with blood pouring into my shoe. Despite this, his speech was a highlight of my young life. Even all these years later, thinking of his enthusiasm is truly inspiring. Sir Patrick was about to start a new job at Armagh Planetarium as resident lecturer and told me to keep in touch. We corresponded for quite a few years and his replies to my letters were always prompt, encouraging and friendly. He was a true amateur astronomer who never faltered in his love of astronomy and his ability to enthuse others. There will be a new star in heaven

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    Brian Stepney

    Monday, December 10, 2012

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