Doug Daniels

Patrick Moore at the Hampstead Observatory 1976 It is with much sadness that we received news of the death of Sir Patrick Moore at 12:30 pm. on Sunday December 9th 2012 aged 89.

Patrick's association with our Society goes way back to the 1950's when he presented an early Sky at Night programme from our Observatory and attempted to televise the moon through the telescope. As ever the weather did not co-operate! In 1976 he attended the dedication of our new mounting to commemorate Herbert Stark. Just over a year ago, the Sky at Night team again featured our Observatory but sadly Patrick was too unwell to attend on that occasion.

No one has done more to popularise the study of astronomy in this country and he will be greatly missed by all his friends the world over. A brilliant star has faded in our galaxy.

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