The Sky at Night 55, The Moore Marathon

Celebrate 55 years of The Sky at Night by observing 55 objects in April


Sir Patrick Moore has picked his 55 favourite night sky objects and, over the month of April, would like you to see as many as you can. The Moore Marathon will help celebrate 55 years of The Sky at Night, which was first broadcast on 24th April 1957.


From the Moon to the star Albireo, the
Moore Marathon has something for everyone.
You can spot some with your eyes, others need binoculars or a telescope, and you can take part on your own or as a group. 


On 6 May on BBC One, and 10 May on
BBC Four, The Sky at Night will feature a selection of your observations, from the simple to the most interesting. You can take part by downloading a Moore Marathon observing form. There are two types, The Quick Observing Form or The Detailed Observing Form. To get either, just click on the buttons below.

Patrick as he appeared on the first ever episode
ofThe Sky at Night in 1957




Our quick observing form

Download this Excel file, save it on your computer, fill it in and email it back to

To be included in the programme, this must be emailed by 24 April 2012.

Or, if you want to include more detail in your observation reports…



Download our detailed observation form - click here

Download this PDF, print it out and fill it in by hand. Then post it back to: The Sky at Night, BBC Birmingham, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RF.  

To be included in the programme, forms must be received by 24 April 2012.


A message from Sir Patrick

“I hope you enjoy the objects I have picked out for you to observe in April and I look forward to finding out how you get on. Good luck and thank you for taking part.”

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