Sir Patrick Moore, well-known broadcaster, astronomy popularizer and enthusiastic amateur astronomer died earlier today (Dec. 9, 2012) at age 89. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Patrick for a “Sky At Night” interview back in 2006. He was a most gracious and friendly host and I was very honored to meet him at his home in Selsey, England. We spoke at length about eclipses and his work as an astronomy popularized at the dawn of the television era.
Patrick Moore was an inspiration to several generations of astronomers in England and around the world. He wrote dozens of books on astronomy, created Caldwell Catalog of deep sky objects, and spread the wonders and joys of astronomy to millions of people through his frequent television broadcasts for the past 55 years. It is safe to say that the popularity of astronomy today among the general public is in no small part due to this man.
Astronomy has lost one of its most treasured friends but his legacy will live on.