Today Sir Patrick Moore died. And also today, I heard about his controversial views.
I have only recently become interested in astronomy, and so have only recently started regularly watching the Sky at Night. Of course I knew who Patrick Moore was for many years before this, but I’ve never heard anyone mention his controversial views. Until today. Perhaps I’ve just managed to avoid them. I do tend to try to avoid things that induce rage… Or perhaps people don’t like to mention them.
Since his death was announced earlier today, I’ve started reading both praise and criticism, and various quotes and articles started being tweeted around.
In 2007, on reading about Moore’s misogynistic comments, Phil Plait blogged:
A couple of years ago I was invited to go on the show as a guest of Sir Patrick’s — he is a Moon hoax debunker as well — but we couldn’t…
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