Brian May: Moore was the father of British astronomy

The astrophysicist and former Queen guitarist Brian May has said that Sir Patrick Moore's contribution to astronomy will be there "for all time".

He said that the late astronomer combined enormous generosity with a prodigious understanding of his subject:

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Sir Patrick Moore dies aged 89

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore died today aged 89, a group of his friends and staff said. The broadcaster "passed away peacefully at 12.25pm this afternoon", at his home in Selsey, West Sussex.