Patrick@Night: a celebration

The National Space Centre celebrate the life of Sir Patrick Moore


The Sky at Night team pose for a photograph alongside a bust of Sir Patrick Moore. 

By Elizabeth Pearson 

Astronomers, both professional and amateur, came together at the National Space Centre last Saturday to honour the late Sir Patrick Moore. The evening centred around the unveiling of a fabulous bronze bust of the astronomer, complete with his ever-present monocle. Impersonator Jon Culshaw, a close friend of Patrick, gave a speech.

“If astronomy itself had a personality it would have would have the personality of Sir Patrick Moore,” said Culshaw.

Also on offer were bottles of Moore Beer from Belvoir Brewery, a specially brewed tipple that had been created to represent the man himself.  The night’s entertainment was supplied by an orchestra of xylophonists from Loughborough Endowed Schools playing some of Patrick’s own, more mischievous, compositions. Attendees could watch a planetarium show featuring Sir Patrick, videos of his coverage of the Moon landings and look at the night sky with Leicester Astronomical Society.

Chaz Bishop is the Chief Executive of the National Space Centre, where the event was held. “I think its been absolutely fantastic tribute to a great man,” he said. “He’d have had a great laugh, had a drink in his hand and he would have loved it.”

See a gallery of images from the evening here.



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