Patrick Moore – Public Event

Posted by pt91 at Sep 24, 2013 12:36 PM |
Celebration of the life of astronomer and Leicester honorary graduate on 28 September

Issued by the National Space Centre on 28 August 2013

In 2012 distinguished astronomer and broadcaster Sir Patrick Moore passed away peacefully at his home in Selsey, at the age of 89.

To honour his memory, The Royal Astronomical Society and National Space Centre will be hosting a celebration of Patrick's life, loves and legacies.

The highlight of the night will be the unveiling of a newly commissioned bust of Sir Patrick by friend and comedian, Jon Culshaw.

This will be an evening dedicated to science, astronomy, xylophones and an astonishing career that impacted on three generations of children and adults alike

Visitors will be welcomed with Patrick’s own compositions, played on the xylophone.  In addition to this will be a whirlwind tour through the Apollo missions, hosted by Patrick, as well as comet building, meteorite handling, spacecraft designing, shows introduced by Patrick in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium all rounded off with some telescope sessions to end with the sky at night.

Malika Andress, Head of Marketing at the National Space Centre said: “We are working with the Sky at Night team and the Royal Astronomical Society to create an event that is a real celebration of Patrick’s life.  There will be time for reflection, but this is not a sombre affair, but an opportunity to continue the legacy that he created and ensure we inspire the next generation to love astronomy as much as he did.”

The team are also working with local award winning brewery, Belvoir Brewery, to create a unique commemorative beer for the night.  Moore Beer will be a full bodied ruby ale that will toast the unveiling of the bust and ensure glasses are raised to the memory of an icon and a friend of the Leicester based Science Centre.

Full details of the event and tickets can be found at


Editor’s Notes

· The National Space Centre is the UK's largest visitor attraction and research facility dedicated to space.

· The National Space Centre opened to the public in June 2001 and has welcomed over 2 million visitors, including over 450,000 school children.

· The National Space Centre is the Millennium Commission landmark project for the East Midlands.  It was co-founded by The University of Leicester and Leicester City Council. Its other founding partners are BT and East Midlands Development Agency.

For further information, images, interviews or media opportunities please contact Malika Andress on

0116 258 2103 or

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