It Came From Outer Space Wearing an RAF Blazer!: A Fan's Biography of Sir Patrick Moore

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 23, 2013 - Science - 655 pages
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 Moore’s for 30 years, and a former President of the British Astronomical Association, has spent ten years exhaustively researching Patrick’s 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!
 

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Contents

The PreWar Years
1
The War Years
21
The Post War Years
42
The First Books and ONeills Bridge
65
Desmond Leslie Cedric Allingham and Science Fiction
85
The BBC
107
Encounters with Russians and George Alcock
127
Some Classic 1960s Broadcasts
145
Back in the TLP Driving Seat
349
Nursing Mother
355
A British Comet Marks the End of an Era
367
Musings on Planet 10 Life After Mother
372
Halley Recovered as Patrick becomes President
387
Fifty Years in the BAA and Halley
409
Supernova 1987A Politics and a New Magazine
427
Business as Usual at the BBC and the BAA
435

Back to the Lunar Section
161
The Move to Armagh
173
Meteorites Pills Saturn and the Leonids
183
St Osyth 2 British Novae Serpents Everywhere and an OBE Hyde and Jekyll?
197
Selsey and the Race to the Moon
207
Apollo 11
228
A Bestselling Author Nutters and More Moon Landings
239
Mainly BAA and TLP
251
Back in Charge of the Lunar Section
270
A Telescope a Comet and the Monte Umbe
291
Kohoutek Flops and This Is Your Life
306
Not Enough Hours in the Day
315
A Naked Eye Nova and a Director Resigns
327
An End to Lunar Section Chores
337
20 Years on TV and a Fall in the Bath
343
A 100th Birthday and Madness in Buenos Aires
453
A Nasty Accident and ShoemakerLevy 9
467
The Caldwell Catalogue Neptune and More Foreign Trips
486
Death of a Friend Selseys Tornado and Serious Health Problems
503
The 1999 Total Solar Eclipse and Ailing Health
521
A Knighthood a BAFTA and a Fellow of the Royal Society
531
A Biography a CoPresenter a Venus Transit and a Deadly Goose Egg
544
A New Magazine a Pacemaker and BANG
561
50 Years of the Sky at Night
569
Still Alive Despite All the Odds
579
Life the Universe and Everything
593
Epilogue Patricks Legacy
620
Appendix
625
Index
645
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Martin Mobberley holds a BSc in Electronic Engineering from Brunel University and worked as an electronics/software engineer for Marconi for 22 years. He is the author of eight practical astronomy books for Springer, as well as three small children’s space books with Top That! Publishing. He has authored over 300 articles for Astronomy Now, The Journal of the British Astronomical Association, BBC Sky at Night and various other publications. He is the author of the Comet, Eclipse and Minor Planet sections of Macmillan’s ‘Patrick Moore Yearbook of Astronomy’ and the former president of the British Astronomical Association (BAA). Martin was the BAA Goodacre Medal winner of 2000 and appeared as a guest on Patrick Moore’s Sky at Night TV program a total of ten times. He was a personal friend of Sir Patrick Moore for 30 years.

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