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    Posted by GaryB007 (U3895241) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Another BBC institution has gone to the great star in the sky:

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

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    Posted by zencat (U14877400) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Inspired generations with his enthusiasm. A great communicator and friend to millions. he'll be sadly missed.

    R.I.P. Patrick.

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    Posted by Grandadpop (U3054464) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    13.33hrs, Sunday 9th December 2012.

    Have just heard the sad news.
    Very sad. I watched Patrick's 'Sky at Night' programmes for years and have recorded many of them. He will be missed - though I think many of us were prepared for this.
    Condolences to Patrick's family.

    'G-G' smiley - sadface

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    Posted by strictlyaddicted2dancing (U14110008) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Very sad to hear news. What a character and with a huge intellect, he amused and enthused so many budding astrologers over the years.

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    Posted by cricket-Angel Tucker (U3382697) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Very sad smiley - rose

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    Posted by GusMcGuire (U7223549) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Now that really IS the end of an era.

    So sad to hear he has died, and just an hour ago too. I always loved The Sky at Night since a very small child. It was good to see Sir Patrick presenting right up until the end, although he was visibly ailing and sometimes it was a little difficult to understand his voice, but I don't imagine that he would ever have given up on fronting his beloved programme.

    I do hope the programme will continue and with a presenter appropriate to the nature of the programme (no "gimmick" presenters please).

    Goodnight Sir Patrick. You're an institution that will be missed. The stars in the heavens will seem a little dimmer tonight. smiley - sadface

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Very sad news but what a wonderful legacy he left to us all. The Russians and Americans both used his work in their space programmes and countless astronomers today owe their love of this science to his broadcasts. One such woman was on the news just now showing the letter he wrote in reply to hers when she was a child. She had worried that "being a girl" might hold her back in the field of astronomy.

    He assured her it would not. Nor did it.

    I remember reading that his fiance died in the last weeks of the war and that although he had other ladies in his life, she was the only one he ever wanted to marry.

    His love of music was well known and it is great to see him playing the piano as well as the xylophone in the TV tribute.

    RIP Sir Patrick. You will have a different view of the stars now, I think.

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    Posted by zenze (U2198515) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Been a sad year for astronomy already with the deaths of Bernard Lovell and Neil Armstrong but this the saddest for me. I thought he would go on and on.

    RIP Patrick Moore.

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    Posted by Essential Rabbit (U3613943) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    I've just come in and heard this very sad news.

    A wonderful man and an inspiration. The many enjoyable hours I spend scoping the skies are because of him, The Sky at Night and his books.

    A truely great Briton.
    RIP

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    Posted by tvaddict (U15282708) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    As I was watching The Sky at Night last sunday I had a very strong feeling Patrick would die this week for some inexplicable reason. Never realised he was 89 years old. Sad how his health had deteriorated over the last few years.

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    Posted by angelictennisfan (U8898769) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Heard this sad news on Radio Solent an hour or so ago. Another national treasure has now gone.

    Mr A and I visited his garden as part of an open garden scheme in the summer this year. As you would expect it was a bit ramshackle which seemed right some how. The little observatory was fascinating though.

    RIP Patrick - I bet you are entertaining the angels with your xylophone!

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    As I was watching The Sky at Night last sunday I had a very strong feeling Patrick would die this week for some inexplicable reason. Never realised he was 89 years old. Sad how his health had deteriorated over the last few years. 
    Yes, I thought suddenly he wouldn't be going on much longer - he looked a lot less well than in previous months.

    Sad news, but what a great character and broadcaster. Totally enthusiastic to the last and constantly looking to increase his, and our, knowledge.

    I hope The Sky at Night which he launched many years ago will continue as his "monument".

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    Posted by counterblast (U14258320) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    I watched The Sky At Night on BBC Four last night...They were talking about Mercury. The younger ones trecked up the moonlit beach and all piled into Patrick's cottage by the sea for the final chat. Must have been one of the last things he did. A nice way to go.

    RIP.

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    Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    A great communicator, he'll be sadly missed.

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    Posted by dave (U2043922) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Sad News indeed smiley - sadface

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    Posted by zelda (U2012536) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Very sad news. I hope, if there is an afterlife, Paterick Moore will be up amongst the stars that he so loved during his days here.

    smiley - peacedove

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    Posted by Tweeet (U15280056) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    So sad smiley - sadface
    R.I.P. Mr Moore x

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    Posted by Chelle (U3043549) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    he'll be greatly missed, can't imagine anyone being able to fill his shoes.

    Also can't believe no one has mentioned gamesmaster yet smiley - smiley

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    Posted by cantthinkofaname (U2577407) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    R.I.P Sir Patrick

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    Posted by Geometry_Man (U12739007) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    There's a tribute from Chris Lintott:

    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

    - who I suppose is now the natural choice to front The Sky at Night, if it continues, which I really hope it does.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Indeed, very sad news to hear of Sir Patrick's death... He's certainly one of the few people that can be called an institution without the slightest hint of hyperbole.

    I hope The Sky at Night which he launched many years ago will continue as his "monument". 
    I hope so too but I've voiced my concern several times over the past few years that the BBC's less than enthusiastic stance toward science that isn't in a lowest common denominator "whizz bang" type format likely means that with Sir Patrick gone, The Sky at Night will be quietly decommissioned under the auspices of a revamp that guts it.

    I sincerely hope I'm wrong but with all the Richard Hammond fronted nonsense, I'd say the outlook is rather bleak...

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    Posted by Blithermiester (U15494975) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    R.I.P Sir Patrick  Although not unexpected, I was still sad to hear of Sir Patrick's passing. It was watching The Sky At Night years ago that got me interested in astronomy as a youngster. Sir Patrick had such an enthusiasm for his subject that it was bound to rub off.

    I hope that the programme continues in it's present format with Chris Lintott at the helm. Also, wouldn't it be great if Sir Patrick's home in Selsey were to be left to the nation as a Patrick Moore Museum. In that way his legacy would continue.

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    Posted by GusMcGuire (U7223549) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    I remember seeing him when he came to do a short lecture at a local college. He was talking about the heavens and his (then) recent experiences with the total eclipse that we had in the UK. At the time he expressed his hopes that perhaps, one day within his lifetime, we might see the first man on Mars. At the end of the lecture, a woman in the audience seemed to castigate him in a rather officious tone with the comment that perhaps it wouldn't be the first man on Mars but perhaps the first WOMAN instead!

    Sir Patrick looked at her, unruffled, and replied perfectly calmly: "Oh I don't think so. They like to argue to much and we'd probably end up on Nepture, or something".

    He was only joking of course, but the look on her face, alone, was worth the price of the admission ticket. smiley - laugh

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    Posted by eviled2 (U14446578) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    RIP Patrick, I will miss you!
    To honour the memory of a true legend, the best thing would be to keep "The Sky At Night" as a serious programme about astronomy along with the amateurs place in it and keep it the hell away from celebrities and lightweight presenters like Richard Hammond or Kate Humble!
    It would be an insult to the great man to dumb down his legacy but as others have said, that might be the sorry way it goes.
    Here's hoping.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    To honour the memory of a true legend, the best thing would be to keep "The Sky At Night" as a serious programme about astronomy along with the amateurs place in it and keep it the hell away from celebrities and lightweight presenters like Richard Hammond or Kate Humble! 
    Here, here.

    It would be an insult to the great man to dumb down his legacy but as others have said, that might be the sorry way it goes. 
    It would be truly unforgivable if Sir Patrick's demise was to be used as an excuse to gut or actually CANCEL the show but I'm deeply untrusting of the BBC in this regard and I've long suspected that there are those who were just waiting for Sir Patrick to shuffle off this mortal coil, so that they could finally dispose of a programme that had long overstayed its welcome with the BBC gravy train.

    Only time will tell, I suppose.

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    Posted by showbizpat (U533316) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    'Finally dispose of the programme'? They could have done that when Sir Patrick became unable to make the trips to Television Centre, instead they reaffirmed their commitment by taking the prgramme to his home in Selsey on a permanent basis.

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    Posted by eviled2 (U14446578) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    To honour the memory of a true legend, the best thing would be to keep "The Sky At Night" as a serious programme about astronomy along with the amateurs place in it and keep it the hell away from celebrities and lightweight presenters like Richard Hammond or Kate Humble! 
    Here, here.

    It would be an insult to the great man to dumb down his legacy but as others have said, that might be the sorry way it goes. 
    It would be truly unforgivable if Sir Patrick's demise was to be used as an excuse to gut or actually CANCEL the show but I'm deeply untrusting of the BBC in this regard and I've long suspected that there are those who were just waiting for Sir Patrick to shuffle off this mortal coil, so that they could finally dispose of a programme that had long overstayed its welcome with the BBC gravy train.

    Only time will tell, I suppose. 
    I share your fears Prophet.
    It would be very sad to see the programme go that way but it would not be a surprise if it does.
    And yes, considering the rather flippant attitude the BBC has towards science programming these days, I am in no doubt there are those who have been waiting in the wings, like vultures, ready to swoop in and get their shaky camera, up nostril zoom shot, whizz bang greasy claws on an otherwise healthy science format...maybe the last undumbed down science programme on the BBC.
    It is RIP Patrick, we might be saying RIP to "The Sky At Night" too, soon enough. smiley - sadface

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    Posted by Symberta Ladygarden (U14259814) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    After 50 or so years, The Sky At Night has surely had a robust innings, perhaps the Beeb should lay it to rest at the same time as it's illustrious presenter.

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    Posted by EggOnAStilt (U7111730) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    A sad loss.smiley - peacedove

    I too hope it is not the end of his legacy and that Sky at Night keeps going and importantly retains its dignity.



    smiley - friedegg

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    Posted by deansay (U5811575) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    So sad, but he kept going to the end. He was surely 'the' original star and will be forever shine.

    RIP Sir Patrick. smiley - rose

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    Posted by FreddieBird (U14751469) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    I liked TSAT, but the "Activism and political beliefs" section of his Wiki makes for pretty uncomfortable reading.
    en.wikipedia.org/wik...
    RIP, nonetheless.

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    Posted by Going_once (U14931925) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    Really sad. World's a little emptier today - he's been on the TV since we first had one and the whole of space exploration era we listened to with Patrick. Quite a legacy and a life. I liked Brian May's comment:

    "Patrick is irreplaceable. There will never be another Patrick Moore. But we were lucky enough to get one."

    smiley - star

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    Posted by hollybeau (U13700692) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    I'll just join in and agree with everything everyone else has said, a charming, witty and delightful man who has inspired thousands.

    RIP. Patrick.smiley - rose

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    Posted by z4mster (U14864348) on Sunday, 9th December 2012

    I liked TSAT, but the "Activism and political beliefs" section of his Wiki makes for pretty uncomfortable reading.
    en.wikipedia.org/wik...
    RIP, nonetheless. 
    I don't believe there is anything, in that, one wouldn't expect from an eccentric of his vintage.

    He was the only person to have met the Wright brothers, Yuri Gagarin, and Neil Armstrong. A truly unique individual. If they can't let Chris Lintott carry on with The Sky at Night, as is, then I'd rather they laid it to rest, along with Sir Patrick. Surely his final trip will be into space? Lord knows, he deserves it.

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    Posted by Peta (U24) on Monday, 10th December 2012


    Sir Patrick Moore Obituary
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

    Sir Patrick Moore In Pictures
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

    Sir Patrick Moore: A tribute by his Star at Night colleagues
    www.bbc.co.uk/news/u...

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    Posted by briggsy2 (U1288489) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I wonder if Domink Diamond has paid a tribute to Sir Patrick? After all, to an entire generation of teenage boys growing up in the early 1990s Patrick Moore WAS the Gamesmaster.

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    Posted by designengineer (U11181100) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    Very sad to hear news. What a character and with a huge intellect, he amused and enthused so many budding astrologers over the years.  I don't think so. To quote the man himself : "Astrology proves just one scientific principle. There's a mug born every minute."

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    Posted by 2001Oysters (U3875313) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I remember Patrick Moore as a reassuring presence getting excited about the stars at night from my earliest childhood. Like a very enthusiastic and slightly eccentric Edwardian uncle, but talking about the most important subject in the world.

    As far as his politics were concerned, they were probably about as far from mine as it's possible to me, but I really couldn't give a damn.

    He represents the best of what the BBC was originally meant to be - "to inform, educate and entertain".

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    Posted by Reservoir Hamster (U14288323) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    The striking thing about the tributes here and elsewhere is not just how respected he was but how much he was loved. A serious intellect, a born teacher and communicator, the kind of cultivated, heavyweight broadcaster (like Cliff Michelmore, Raymond Baxter, Donny B Macleod) they don't do anymore.

    I hope The Sky At Night continues with Chris Lintott presenting it.

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    Posted by Phrasmotic 4 August 2012 (U5509534) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    Very sad news but what a wonderful legacy he left to us all. The Russians and Americans both used his work in their space programmes and countless astronomers today owe their love of this science to his broadcasts. One such woman was on the news just now showing the letter he wrote in reply to hers when she was a child. She had worried that "being a girl" might hold her back in the field of astronomy.

    He assured her it would not. Nor did it.

    I remember reading that his fiance died in the last weeks of the war and that although he had other ladies in his life, she was the only one he ever wanted to marry.

    His love of music was well known and it is great to see him playing the piano as well as the xylophone in the TV tribute.

    RIP Sir Patrick. You will have a different view of the stars now, I think. 
    You seem not to have heard of Heather Couper. Once upon a time she was on our screens so often that I assumed she was being earmarked to take over The Sky At Night from the great man.

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    Posted by amj-777 (U14783273) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    RIP Sir Patrick Moore - Our planet is a little darker without you! Thank you for inspiring me as a boy in to taking up my favourite life-long passion of astronomy. Half a century later it still is THE main interest in my life. Your generosity & enthusiasm also inspired my brothers, one of whom you once treated to a restraunt meal when he was a student at the same agricultural college as your nephew. The BBC should inaugurate a permanent memorial to you! ... Anthony Morgan-Jones (amj777.wordpress.com)

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I wonder if Domink Diamond has paid a tribute to Sir Patrick? After all, to an entire generation of teenage boys growing up in the early 1990s Patrick Moore WAS the Gamesmaster.  A good question, I had a look and he tweeted the following:

    What? He also did a show about planets? I just did the puerile gags. But he WAS the Gamesmaster. RIP Sir Patrick Moore, a true original.

    I'm very curious as to how Sir Patrick came to be the Gamesmaster but then, the recurring word that is used in just about every assessment of the man is eccentric, so why should his career be any different.

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    Posted by GaryB007 (U3895241) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I wonder how long it will be before we see "Richard Hammond's Sky At Night"?

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    Posted by st3ph3n (U13643748) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I wonder how long it will be before we see "Richard Hammond's Sky At Night"? 

    Never ... as he is so small that the sky is much further away than dear Sir Patrick's was.

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    Posted by eviled2 (U14446578) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I know Patrick did his Sky At Night programme every month, but I also seem to remember (I admit they are faint memories) some short 5 minute programmes he did around 6pmish in the late 60s early 70s where he gave a very brief description of what was on show with the help of a couple of star maps.
    I can remember going outside straight after these programmes with my sister to see if we could locate the constellations etc that he had talked about.
    Anyone else recall anything like that?

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    Posted by eviled2 (U14446578) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I wonder how long it will be before we see "Richard Hammond's Sky At Night"?  Renamed "The Sky At Night And How To Blow Up Your Telescope With The Lads".

    I so hope they don't ruin the programme.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    I wonder how long it will be before we see "Richard Hammond's Sky At Night"?  The heat death of the universe would be too soon.

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    Posted by Johnbee (U542312) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    When I was a boy, I took out 4 books per week from the children's library (I had special dispensation from the librarian because at first I used to have to go in every couple of days as they normally allowed only one book per visit). Anyway, I took out each of Patrick's books several times.

    I have probably watched most of the Sky At Night programmes, and of course the various specials. I particularly remember the one about the comet, where the boy rather showed up the experts by realising that the investigation rocket with the camera had been damaged.

    The Sky at Night is a unique programme, because it is not 'popular science'. It is a programme particularly for people interested in astronomy who want to be kept informed about what is going on and what is on view currently.

    It is the perfect example of what public service broadcasting should be.

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    Posted by Prophet Tenebrae (U5995226) on Monday, 10th December 2012

    If anyone wants a musical tribute to Sir Patrick:

    www.youtube.com/watc...

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