The fate of a TV icon
I am an amateur astronomer and member of Salford Astronomical Society with a great interest in the history of astronomy. After a recent talk by our chairman, Dr Allan Chapman, we got talking about the location of the giant planisphere that was used as the background on the Sky at Night programme in its early years. I wondered if it was still kept in storage somewhere, or has it ceased to exist?
Gary Yule, via email
Although Patrick’s observing notebooks, along with some of his telescopes and other effects, are kept by the Science Museum, the original giant planisphere was disposed of around 1968, after more than a decade’s use as scenery on The Sky at Night. A reproduction was made for the show’s 50th anniversary, and this is currently in our possession on the magazine. – Ed