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Astronomer, Sir Patrick Moore, to give his name to Kingham Hill�s Observatory

Published Tuesday 17th of January 2012 03:35:11 PM

The famous astronomer has offered technical advice and his blessing to what will be called The Sir Patrick Moore Observatory. The observatory will be built in a carefully chosen position on the school�s hill top site between Chipping Norton and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Headmaster, Nick Seward, has always been a great admirer of Sir Patrick�s work and was inspired by his books and TV programmes to study it at school, taking a more philosophical interest in it thereafter. The two eventually met at the astronomer�s Selsey home to discuss the proposed observatory, which will be a feature of the next phase of building development at the North Oxfordshire school.

�Like the Psalmist, astronomy inspired in me a sense of perspective, and of wonder at the universe and the place of human beings within it. At Kingham Hill we enjoy a site largely free of light pollution and I�m convinced that our pupils will benefit from exploring the cosmos by telescope as I did when young�, comments Mr Seward. �Sir Patrick�s encouragement and advice have been a real boost for the project.�

Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore, CBE, FRS, FRAS, was born in 1923 and has attained prominent status in astronomy as a writer, researcher, radio commentator and television presenter. He is credited as having done more than any other person to raise the profile of astronomy among the British general public.

Kingham Hill�s development plans progress apace and will result in a state-of-the-art building that will include a library at its heart, Science and Mathematics departments and much more.
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