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Sir Patrick Moore
(4 Mar 1923 - 9 Dec 2012)

English astronomer, writer and broadcaster.


Science Quotes by Sir Patrick Moore (2 quotes)

I have had [many letters] asking me,… how to start making a hobby out of astronomy. My answer is always the same. Do some reading, learn the basic facts, and then take a star-map and go outdoors on the first clear night so that you can begin learning the various stars and constellation patterns. The old cliche that ‘an ounce of practice is worth a ton of theory’ is true in astronomy, as it is in everything else.
— Sir Patrick Moore
From 'Introduction', The Amateur Astronomer (11th Ed., 1990), 1.
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It is fair to say that astronomy is still just about the only science in which the amateur can make valuable contributions today, and in which the work is welcomed by professionals. For example, amateurs search for new comets and ‘new stars’ or novae, and since they generally know the sky much better than their professional colleagues they have a fine record of success. Routinely, they keep watch on objects such as variable stars, and they monitor the surfaces of the planets in a way that professionals have neither the time nor the inclination to do.
— Sir Patrick Moore
From 'Introduction', The Amateur Astronomer (11th Ed., 1990), 1-2.
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