SIR PATRICK MOORE d2012. English amateur astronomer who attained prominent status in his field as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter. The presenter of the world's longest-running television series with the same original presenter, the BBCs The Sky at Night. As an amateur astronomer, he became known as a specialist in Moon observation and for creating the Caldwell catalogue. His famous Idiosyncrasies, such as his rapid diction and monocle made him a popular and instantly recognisable figure on British television. Moore believed himself to be the only person to have met the first man to fly, Orville Wright / the first man in space Yuri Gagarin and the first man on the moon Neil Armstrong. He died aged 89 in 2012.
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