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Sir Patrick Moore was 'very charming and hospitable'

Sir Patrick Moore at home
Sir Patrick Moore at his home in West Sussex in 2000. Credit: Press Association

Sir Patrick Moore has been praised by fellow astronomers after the Sky at Night presenter passed away today.

Dr Marek Kukula, public astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, told the BBC: "When you came to his home he would always make sure you had enough to eat and drink.

He was full of really entertaining and amusing stories.

"There are many, many professional astronomers like me who can actually date their interest in astronomy to watching Patrick on TV, so his impact on the world of professional astronomy as well as amateur is hard to overstate."

Sir Patrick Moore hosts Sky at Night in September

Sir Patrick Moore hosted an episode of Sky at Night in September where he reflected on the lives on Neil Armstrong and Bernard Lovell.

Moore, British television's longest serving presenter, hosted the monthly documentary since its first airing on 24 April 1957 until his death today.

Watch Sir Patrick Moore's 1970 interview with Neil Armstrong here.

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Brian May: Sir Patrick was 'very peaceful in his last hours'

Dr Brian May had been visiting Sir Patrick Moore during his recent illness and yesterday appealing for messages from his Twitter follows to take to the ailing astronomer.

Today he thanked those who had sent Sir Patrick messages and said that he was, 'very peaceful in his last hours':

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I took your kind messages down to him yesterday afternoon, tweet folks. Not sure how much he took in, but he felt the love. THANKS. Bri

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Patrick was very peaceful in his last hours. With his beloved cat Ptolemy purring on his bed. And his pals all around. A great innings.

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