Most notably for video gamers though is his role as GamesMaster in the early 90's video game TV show. It was the first of its kind in the UK, broadcasting on Channel 4 from '92 to '98.
The GamesMaster was responsible for issuing us mere mortals with challenges, as well as revealing tips. GamesMaster's Dominik Diamond called him a "true original."
“What? He also did a show about planets? I just did the puerile gags. But he WAS the Gamesmaster," Diamond. "RIP Sir Patrick Moore, a true original.” Completing challenges laid down by GamesMaster earned you a Golden GamesMaster Joystick - it was the very epitome of 'cool'. The galaxy of gaming is poorer for having lost him.
Check out an episode of GamesMaster below, courtesy of YouTube.
Astronomer and GamesMaster Sir Patrick Moore passes, aged 89
10 December 2012 | By Simon Priest