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Tributes to astronomy star Moore.

TRIBUTES poured in for eccentric stargazer Sir Patrick Moore who died at home yesterday, aged 89.

Queen guitarist Brian May, who holds a PhD in astrophysics, led the chorus of praise, saying the world had "lost a priceless treasure that can never be replaced" and he had lost a "dear friend and kind of father figure".

May said in a statement: "Patrick was the last of a lost generation, a true gentleman, the most generous in nature that I ever knew, and an inspiration to thousands in his personal life, and to millions through his 50 years of unique broadcasting.

"It's no exaggeration to say that Patrick, in his tireless and ebullient communication of the magic of astronomy, inspired every British astronomer, amateur and professional, for half a century.

"Patrick will be mourned by the many to whom he was a caring uncle, and by all who loved the delightful wit and clarity of his writings, or enjoyed his fearlessly eccentric persona in public life."

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| STARGAZER: Sir Patrick Moore at home in 2007, above, and, left, earlier this year

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2012
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