Party with Sir Patrick was out of this world

Pupils celebrate birthday with veteran astronomer.

PUPILS from West Buckland School were star-stuck in more ways than one when they were invited to a birthday party that was out of this world.

A group of lucky young astronomy enthusiasts from the school were invited to celebrate Sir Patrick Moore’s 89th birthday with him at his home in Sussex earlier this month.

The party-goers, led by school chaplain Andrew Watkinson-Trim, were able to chat to the veteran astronomer about how he first became interested in the subject, and about some of his most famous discoveries.

Pupils studied some of the telescopes he used to map the moon, studies that helped make the Apollo moon landings possible.


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They were able to find out more about Sir Patrick’s long-running BBC television programme The Sky at Night, and look at some photos of him with a range of famous people, including Neil Armstrong, Brain May, and Albert Einstein.

The visit ended with the cutting of a birthday cake and the singing of Happy Birthday.

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