I’ll admit that as a kid I watched every episode of The Stars at Night, but this still hurts, because the stars aren’t supposed to die. They’re supposed to live on forever and grow old like the box of whitener crystals I keep under the sink.
The BBC have announced that after 89 years, the British astronomer, broadcaster and one of my childhood’s best friends, Sir Patrick Moore has left our world and gone to join the angels above. His regular programmes in which he told us what to look for and what was ‘out there’ will never return to brighten our lives.
At 12:25 today Sir Patrick, passed away peacefully in his sleep which immediately caused the stars and the moon to shed tears of sorrow and hum haunting lullabies before welcoming him to be among them for ever and ever amen.
Patrick’s family and friends have issued a statement:
“After a short spell in hospital last week, it was determined that no further treatment would benefit him, and it was his wish to spend his last days in his own home, Farthings, where he today passed on, in the company of close friends and carers and his cat Ptolemy.
“Over the past few years, Patrick, an inspiration to generations of astronomers, fought his way back from many serious spells of illness and continued to work and write at a great rate, but this time his body was too weak to overcome the infection which set in, a few weeks ago.“He was able to perform on his world record-holding TV programme The Sky at Night right up until the most recent episode .
“His executors and close friends plan to fulfil his wishes for a quiet ceremony of interment, but a farewell event is planned for what would have been Patrick’s 90th birthday in March 2013.”
Sir Patrick Moore leaves behind him 5 generations who are no longer ignorant of the wonders of astronomy, the subject that encapsulated his life for over 50 years.
So Rest in peace, Sir Patrick. Your star will live on forever in the unlit part of my dreams