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Today just before 1.00pm GMT Sir Patrick Moore passed away.  His family and cat were with him.  My condolences to them in this time of sadness.

This gentle man inspired several generations, including myself with his love of Astronomy.  His program, The Sky at Night, was broadcast for 55 years  with Sir Patrick missing only one broadcast.  Alongside his love of astronomy he was a gifted musician performing on the piano and memorably, the Xylophone which he played in a Royal Variety performance.  He also appeared alongside Morecambe and Wise, and Ronnie Barker. He wrote over 70 books on the subject he loved, two of which were written in partnership with Dr. Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen.

He played an important role in the moon landings, providing maps of the landing sites as well as presenting an informative and entertaining dialogue during these momentous events.

He will be sorely missed in this country and around the world.

I am sorry that it is such a short diary, my first.  I am sure that in the days ahead better diaries will be written.

But I wanted to say Thanks to a great man and an inspiration to many.  

An update.

First diary and on the Rec. List no matter how briefly many thanks.  
I am truly sad that it was to bring such news.

A second update.
Here is a  Youtube clip, not mine, with both Sir Patrick and Sir Athur C. Clarke

Two of my personal heros.
http://www.youtube.com/...

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