Colin Pillinger pays tribute to Sir Patrick Moore

The planetary scientist Colin Pillinger has paid tribute to his friend of 43 years, Sir Patrick Moore, who has passed away.

Dr Pillinger recalled one incident when Moore accidentally set alight to his trousers on television.

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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.