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Author Mobberley, Martin, 1958-
Title It came from outer space wearing an RAF blazer! : a fan's biography of Sir Patrick Moore / Martin Mobberley.
Imprint [New York] : Springer, 2013.

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Subject Moore, Patrick.
Astronomers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Description 1 online resource
Contents The Pre-War Years -- The War Years -- The Post War Years -- The First Books and O'Neill's Bridge -- Desmond Leslie, Cedric Allingham and Science Fiction -- The BBC -- Encounters with Russians and George Alcock -- Some Classic 1960s Broadcasts -- Back to the Lunar Section -- The Move to Armagh -- Meteorites, Pills, Saturn and the Leonids -- St Osyth, 2 British Novae, Serpents Everywhere, and an OBE -- Selsey and the Race to the Moon -- Apollo 11 -- A Bestselling Author, Nutters and More Moon Landings -- Mainly BAA and TLP -- Back in Charge of the Lunar Section -- A Telescope, a Comet and the Monte Umbe -- Kohoutek Flops and This Is Your Life -- Not Enough Hours in the Day -- A Naked Eye Nova and a Director Resigns -- An End to Lunar Section Chores -- 20 Years on TV and a Fall in the Bath! -- Back in the TLP Driving Seat -- Nursing Mother -- A British Comet Marks the End of an Era -- Musings on Planet 10; Life After Mother -- Halley Recovered as Patrick becomes President -- Fifty Years in the BAA and Halley -- Supernova 1987A, Politics and a New Magazine -- Business as Usual at the BBC and the BAA -- A 100th Birthday and Madness in Buenos Aires -- A Nasty Accident and Shoemaker-Levy 9 -- The Caldwell Catalogue, Neptune, and More Foreign Trips -- Death of a Friend, Selsey's Tornado and Serious Health Problems -- The 1999 Total Solar Eclipse and Ailing Health -- A Knighthood, a BAFTA and a Fellow of the Royal Society -- A Biography, a Co-Presenter, a Venus Transit and a Deadly Goose Egg -- A New Magazine, a Pacemaker and BANG! -- 50 Years of the Sky at Night -- Still Alive Despite All the Odds! -- Life, the Universe and Everything ... -- Epilogue: Patrick's Legacy.
Summary To British television viewers, the name Patrick Moore has been synonymous with Astronomy and Space Travel since he first appeared on The Sky at Night in 1957. To amateur astronomers he has been a source of inspiration, joy, humour and even an eccentric role model since that time. Most people know that his 55 years of presenting The Sky at Night is a world record, but what was he really like in person? What did he do away from the TV cameras, in his observatory, and within the British Astronomical Association, the organisation that inspired him as a youngster? Also, precisely what did he do during the War Years, a subject that has always been shrouded in mystery? Martin Mobberley, a friend of Patrick Moores for 30 years, and a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has spent ten years exhaustively researching Patricks real life away from the TV cameras. His childhood, RAF service, tireless voluntary work for astronomy and charity and his endless book writing are all examined in detail. His astronomical observations are also examined in unprecedented detail, along with the battles he fought along the way and his hatred of bureaucracy and political correctness. No fan of Sir Patrick Moore can possibly live without this work on their bookshelf!
Note Includes index.
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Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783319006093 (electronic bk.)
3319006096 (electronic bk.)
9783319006086
3319006088
OCLC # 854835594
Additional Format Print version: Mobberley, Martin. It came from outer space wearing an raf blazer!. [S.l.] : Springer International Pu, 2013 3319006088 (OCoLC)841495332