Trophy inscribed ‘Sir Patrick Moore | The Sky at Night | 700 Not Out!’. Awarded to astronomer and broadcaster Patrick Moore to commemorate his 700th episode of the BBC programme in 2011.
Sir Patrick Moore (1923–2012) hosted the BBC’s The Sky at Night for over 50 years, commencing on 26 April 1957. The programme was one of Britain’s longest-running TV shows (and the longest run by the same presenter). In 1969 he was part of the BBC commentary team that described the Moon landings.
He was best known for his popularisation work, and described himself as an amateur astronomer as he never had formal training. However, his astronomical observations were significant in their own right; both NASA and the Soviet space authorities used his lunar atlas to prepare for robotic and crewed missions to the Moon.
Moore was an avid cricket fan, playing for his local club in West Sussex for many years, and titling his autobiography ’80 Not Out’.