Last month we lost our greatest Ambassador for astronomy – Sir Patrick Moore.
As a group, Astronomers are a fairly non-social bunch, mainly due to the peculiar hours they keep. Patrick was not your typical Astronomer. Patrick loved people, he always had visitors at his house in Selsey and he was always throwing parties which were inevitably very well-attended. This picture shows Sir Patrick in high spirits wielding his dragon-slayer which some idiot just handed him at precisely the wrong moment. He loved the company of others and the others loved him equally – he will be sorely missed 🙁