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Astronomy | It Came From Outer Space Wearing an RAF Blazer! - A Fan's Biography of Sir Patrick Moore

It Came From Outer Space Wearing an RAF Blazer!

A Fan's Biography of Sir Patrick Moore

Mobberley, Martin

2013, XXVI, 655 p. 80 illus., 30 illus. in color.

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  • Presents the ‘ultimate biography’ of one of the world’s most famous amateur astronomers, Sir Patrick Moore
  • Discusses all aspects of Sir Patrick Moore’s life in exhaustive detail and comprehension, such as his colossal contribution to British amateur astronomy (away from the cameras) and his extraordinary kindness and generosity
  • Reveals details of Sir Patrick Moore’s War Years publicly for the first time
To British television viewers, the name ‘Patrick Moore’ has been synonymous with Astronomy and Space Travel since he first appeared on The Sky at Night in 1957. To amateur astronomers he has been a source of inspiration, joy, humour and even an eccentric role model since that time. Most people know that his 55 years of presenting The Sky at Night is a world record, but what was he really like in person?  What did he do away from the TV cameras, in his observatory, and within the British Astronomical Association, the organisation that inspired him as a youngster? Also, precisely what did he do during the War Years, a subject that has always been shrouded in mystery? Martin Mobberley, a friend of Patrick Moore’s for 30 years, and a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has spent ten years exhaustively researching Patrick’s real life away from the TV cameras. His childhood, RAF service, tireless voluntary work for astronomy and charity and his endless book writing are all examined in detail. His astronomical observations are also examined in unprecedented detail, along with the battles he fought along the way and his hatred of bureaucracy and political correctness. No fan of Sir Patrick Moore can possibly live without this work on their bookshelf!

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Astronomy Popularization - Astronomy on TV - BBC Sky at Night - Biography of Sir Patrick Moore - British Astronomical Association - Caldwell Catalogue - Iconic TV Personality - Society for Popular Astronomy

Related subjects » Astronomy - Popular Astronomy - Science Education

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