'Sir Patrick was broadcasting before we went in to space'

Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock said she had got her first inspiration to look at the night sky from Sir Patrick.

She told BBC News:

He was broadcasting before we actually went into space and he saw a change in our understanding of the universe, and he took us all the way through that, right up until today.

What he did was something very straightforward, he would tell us what to look for and where to look for it and for budding astronomers everywhere that is what we need, that information.

But he would tell us more, he would go into depth, he would take us on a journey through space and we can't ask for better than that really.

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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.