A fair obit. RIP an inspiration and an intellectual giant. You're correct to say he wasn't "racist", but sadly we're already see the kneejerk reaction of the prickocracy who don't know the difference between immigration and race.
For example, this comment on another thread describing Moore as a "Little Englander racist member of UKIP and a thoroughly nauseating excuse for a human being".
I can take a good guess at the type of person who'd write that about Moore; probably a poorly-travelled "social sciences" lecturer at a failing former poly, mean bony fingers poring through the pages of the Guardian muttering about racism against Muslims, happy to boycott Israeli dates and Starbucks (but not Apple products of course!) inspiring no-one but churning out a generation of welfare-dependent "victims".
I wonder if he achieved anything close to that which "nauseating excuse for a human being" Moore did?
Moore lied about his age in order to join the RAF and fight in World War II at the age of sixteen, and from 1940 until 1945 he served as a navigator in RAF Bomber Command, reaching the rank of Flight lieutenant
After the war, Moore rejected a government grant to study at Cambridge University, citing a wish to "stand on my own two feet".
In 1945, Moore was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society; in 1977 he was awarded the Society's Jackson-Gwilt Medal. In 1968, he was appointed OBE and promoted to CBE in 1988. In 1999 Moore became the Honorary President of the East Sussex Astronomical Society, a position which he held until his death. In 2001, he was knighted for "services to the popularisation of science and to broadcasting". In the same year, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society, the only amateur astronomer ever to achieve this distinction. In June 2002, he was appointed as Hon. Vice President of the Society for the History of Astronomy. Also in 2002, Buzz Aldrin presented Moore a BAFTA for services to television. He was also a patron of Torquay Boys' Grammar School in South Devon.
He was also opposed to the Iraq War and blood sports.
Forget to copy and paste all those others did you? The day someone who calls a polymath like Moore a "thoroughly nauseating excuse for a human being" can claim to have not only fought for their country but inspired thousands of children to point telescopes skyward and discover hundreds of new planets then I'll listen to them. But until that time they can shut up and show some respect.
Sadly, I also give it about 12 hours before the "other" accusations start appearing. After all, he looked a bit funny, and ALL monocle wearers are paedophiles, right?
"I saw him on the telly once, and I knew there was something wrong and ever since then I felt so abused. Not that I bothered to tell anyone at the time but...."
Besides, he enjoyed looking at Uranus - what more "proof" is needed for trial by tabloid and hysterical uneducated morons?
Let's hope not. Once again, RIP Big Fella.