Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock joins Sky At Night

Maggie Aderin-Pocock Maggie Aderin-Pocock: 'Huge honour to follow in footsteps of Patrick Moore'

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Sky At Night appoints a space scientist to join its presenting team.

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a research fellow at University College London, will take up her new job when the long-running astronomy series begins its half-hour slot on BBC Four in February.

The new presenter has previously worked in television, fronting shows such as BBC Two's Do We Really Need The Moon? and Do We Really Need Satellites? She's also regularly appeared on The One Show.

As a businesswoman, Aderin-Pocock heads a company that helps engage the public with science. Her work in science education led to an MBE in 2009.

Aderin-Pocock says that presenting the show is 'like completing a circle and fulfilling a lifelong dream. Above all, it's a huge honour to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Moore, a passionate advocate of the wonders of the night sky'.

She adds: 'As a child I would beg my parents to allow me to stay up late and watch the programme. It even inspired me to go to night school at a young age to make my own telescope mirror, which I lovingly crafted and gave me my first glimpse of the breath-taking spectacle above us.'

Sky at Night's new addition will join astrophysicist Chris Lintott in regularly fronting the programme. Other guest reporters, who have presented the programme over the last year, will continue to appear.

The BBC announced that it would move Sky At Night from its home on BBC Two to BBC Four earlier this year.

The show was first broadcast in April 1957 and was presented by Patrick Moore until his death in 2012 at the age of 89.

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