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This article is about Patrick Moore, the astronomer. See also Patrick Moore (environmentalist).
Sir Patrick Moore, OBE, CBE, FRS (born March 4, 1923) is an amateur astronomer, member and former president of the British Astronomical Association, author of over 70 books on astronomy, presenter of the long-running BBC series, The Sky at Night, and a well-known and well-loved figure on British television.
In 1957 he began presenting the television series that made him famous, and which has appeared every month since, with the exception of July 2004, making him the world's longest running television presenter.
In 1959, the Russians used his charts to correlate their first pictures of the far side of the Moon; he was involved in the lunar mapping used by the NASA Apollo space missions. His TV programme has popularised astronomy in the UK and beyond and, through his writing Patrick Moore has influenced several generations of astronomers.
Patrick Moore has written the occasional science fiction novel. In 1977 he published the first in his Scott Saunders Space Adventure series, aimed primarily at a younger audience (in a similar way to Asimov's Norby series). This series eventually ran to six novels. In 2001, Patrick Moore discussed his Scott Saunders novels in a notable appearance on the Channel 4 comedy programme, The Pooters, which also featured Charlie Skelton and Alan Connor.
Moore in popular culture
Moore's reputation for eccentricity stems mainly from his mode of speech, his trademark monocle, and his fondness for the xylophone. He is an accomplished musician and is not averse to performing novelty turns such as at the Royal Variety Performance and appearing in a song-and-dance act in a Morecambe and Wise Christmas spectacular. As a pianist, Patrick Moore once accompanied Albert Einstein playing 'Le Cygne' by Camille Saint-SaŽns on the violin. However, no recording of the performance exists.
Moore appeared a number of times, usually in self-parodying roles, on The Goodies.
Patrick Moore garnered an affectionate mention in a 2005 episode of the long running BBC series Doctor Who entitled Aliens of London. The Doctor's companion Rose Tyler jokingly suggests Patrick Moore is the world's pre-eminent expert on extra-terrestrial life.
- The Amateur Astronomer (1970)
- The Atlas of the Universe
- Guinness book of Astronomy
- Atlas of the Universe
- Atlas of Venus
- Patrick Moore's Yearbook of Astronomy (1963-81)
- Atlas of the Solar System with Gary Hunt (1983)
- Atlas of Neptune (1994)
- The Story of the Telescope (1997)
- Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars
- The Wondering Astronomer (2000)
- The Astronomy Encylclopedia (ed, 2002)
Scott Saunders series
- Spy in Space (1977)
- Planet of Fear (1977)
- The Moon Raiders (1978)
- The Terror Star (1979)
- Killer Comet (1978)
- The Secret of the Black Hole (1980)
- BBC Biography of Sir Patrick Moore
- Patrick Moore plays the Xylophone is the Flash animation described above
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