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facing up without his monocle
FB's hold on astronomy is tenuous. The Plough, Orion, Cassiopeia maybe and after that it's just a whole lot of other stars. But FB's ignorance is not something for which Sir Patrick can be held to account. Perhaps if Sir Patrick had started to rename the constellations after cricketers FB might have retained more but that chance was lost.
The Sky at Night was a programme that FB had long been aware of, he may have watched occasional episodes without comprehending much of the supernova-ing and black-holing and dwarf-starring. But if didn't quite absorb all the information about the heavens that was available FB recognised and respected Moore's unquenchable enthusiasm for his subject and his self taught expertise. Moore was a constant guide to FB as he followed the great adventure of the US Moon Missions and FB was interested to learn that NASA made use of Moore's own maps of the Moon's surfaces. Maps he had prepared using his own home made telescope.
|Some inspiration for FB?|
But FB finds that despite his pathetically hopeless grasp of astronoical knowledge, something of Moore's passion must have sunk in. One of the many books that Moore published was titled Can You Play Cricket on Mars? Was this an inspiration to FB's less than inquiring mind? It is after all a very good question. So good that FB himself examined it about a year ago in this post (Life on Mars) about the current Explorer mission. FB suspects that Moore's answer might have been more convincing than his own.