Move over Sir Patrick

CD:UK host Myleene Klass has set her sights on a fresh ambition – to be the new Patrick Moore.
The star of ITV1’s axed pop show says she is keen to present a TV programme like The Sky At Night so she can turn kids onto space.
She said: “I’d love, love, love to do a show like that for a younger audience.
“Kids are fascinated by the universe – they ask questions like how big is it, and where does it begin and end? The concepts just blow the mind.
“Patrick Moore is a legend but I think it is time for someone younger to carry the baton.”
Myleene, who revealed last month that she is to marry long-time boyfriend Graham Quinn, added: “I love the lighter side of astronomy – heavenly bodies, fly me to the moon. It doesn’t always have to be heavy. Things like Doctor Who and the Daleks grab the kids.
“If I did a space show I wouldn’t want you to feel you had to run and grab a pen and pad to look up all the references later on.”
Myleene, 27, who left Hear’Say to play as a classical pianist, already talks to children about astronomy when she gives music masterclasses.
She says: “I love it. And it doesn’t matter what age you teach, the first question you always get asked is, ‘have you met Britney?’ The ultimate star!”
Myleene has begun a three-year course at the Open University to improve her knowledge of the science – and says she would like to help make their TV programmes too.
Myleene says she got hooked on astronomy when her dad taught her the constellations as a child at their Norfolk country home. She said: “He taught me to find the North Star – so now I’ll never get
lost!”
Sir Patrick, 82, used to be a bit of a musician too – on the xylophone. And one of his closest friends today is Queen guitarist Brian May.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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