The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium launches

National Space Centre's planetarium has a new name and a new show hosted by Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore was in Leicester at the launch of the planetarium renamed in his honour Credit: Stuart Hollis

Patrick Moore was in Leicester at the launch of the planetarium renamed in his honour. Image Credit: Stuart Hollis

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Patrick Moore travelled to the National Space Centre in Leicester today to launch its newly renamed planetarium.

And as well as the new name, the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium now has a brand new Tour of the Night Sky, a presenter-led show that includes a series of ‘best-of’ clips hosted by patrick himself.

The 16 new shorts were chosen by Patrick to represent the night-sky objects he has enjoyed discovering over his 55 years of presenting The Sky at Night.

Malika Andress at the National Space Centre said; “Sir Patrick has made a huge impact on people’s understanding of our place in the Universe, influencing several generations of keen astronomers.

We’ re honoured to be welcoming him to the Centre and will ensure that the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium goes on to inspire in the way Sir Patrick already does.”

Patrick greets the crowds on hand for the opening of the newly named planetarium Credit: Stuart Hollis
Patrick greets the crowds on hand for the opening of the newly named planetarium
Credit: Stuart Hollis

The National Space Centre’s 165-seat planetarium is the largest in the UK.

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In 2009, it was fitted with a new state-of-the-art digital projection system.