"Sir Patrick Moore astronomy centre plans scrapped, says Brian May"
Brian May has confirmed that Sir Patrick Moore's home will not be converted into an astronomy centre, despite his close friend's wishes.
September 19th, 2013
Sir Patrick, who died last December aged 89, said he hoped that his West Sussex home would one day be converted into an astronomy centre in his name.
The thatched cottage, known as Farthings, was the filming location for The Sky At Night during the last ten years of the astronomer's life, due to his ill health.
The Queen guitarist, who has described Sir Patrick as a "father figure", told the Daily Mail :"I'm afraid there isn't going to be a museum at Farthings. It hasn't worked out.
"We are going to commemorate Patrick in a section of the Science Museum. It will probably be called The Sir Patrick Moore Area. Patrick was a dear friend and a wonderful man. I still miss him."
The astronomer suffered from a wartime spine injury and arthritis in the years before his death.
May, who has a PhD in astro physics, told The Telegraph last year that the Royal Astronomical Society had rejected the treasures left behind by Sir Patrick.
At the time he said: “You’d think the Royal Astronomical Society would be interested, but they’re, like, 'Oh, we’ve got an awful lot of stuff already'
"Patrick leaves behind him a wonderful library and all these amazing things from astronomers he met. You think it might be easy to give it to a museum, but they’ll stick it in a cupboard somewhere and no one will see it.”
Sir Patrick Moore [Wikipedia]
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