Eccentric television host Patrick Moore died Sunday at 89, reports The New York Times. Moore, a British astronomer, was known for his work on the long-running BBC program "The Sky at Night," which has been on the air since 1957, the story notes.
The latest episode, which aired Sunday, showed Moore talking about the planet Mercury and the NASA spacecraft Messenger.
"With his trademark monocle, frumpy suits and penchant for playing the xylophone, Mr. Moore, who was knighted in 2001, was known as much for his outsize personality as his scientific work," the piece notes. "He also raised eyebrows with his often conservative views, publicly railing against British integration into Europe and once referring to immigrants as ‘parasites.’"
Moore published more than 60 books about astronomy and collaborated with Queen guitarist Brian May, who is an amateur astronomer, and the astrophysicist Chris Lintott on the 2008 book "Bang! The Complete History of the Universe."