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Sir Patrick Moore 'staggered' by 55 years of The Sky At Night

Astronomer Sir Patrick Moore said tonight he was "staggered" to be celebrating the 55th anniversary of The Sky At Night.

Sir Patrick Moore hosts a reception at the BBC Broadcasting house to mark the Sky at night 55th anniversary episode. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

The 89-year-old said he hoped the stargazing series would continue "indefinitely", but that he wished the BBC would schedule it in an earlier time slot.

At a party hosted by BBC director general Mark Thompson, Sir Patrick said: "I'm absolutely staggered. I never thought when I began doing television shows that I'd be on for another year, let alone 55 years.

"I didn't know if I was going to be good enough or if the subject matter would hold up."