Media invited to view supermoon eclipse at Rice University Campus Observatory


Jade Boyd

Media invited to view supermoon eclipse at Rice University Campus Observatory
Rice’s Pat Hartigan to give lecture, available for interviews

HOUSTON – (Jan. 15, 2019) – Weather permitting, the Rice University Campus Observatory will host a public viewing of the Jan. 20 total lunar eclipse, and reporters are welcome to cover both the viewing and a lecture before the event by Pat Hartigan, Rice professor of physics and astronomy.

Lunar Eclipse

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The eclipse will occur between 9:30 p.m. CST Jan. 20 and 12:50 a.m. CST Jan. 21. The moon will be totally immersed in Earth’s shadow – appearing red, also known as a “blood moon” – between 10:41 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. CST. The lunar eclipse is special because of the convenient time it occurs, its larger-than-normal size — known as a supermoon — and reasonably long total phase, Hartigan said.

The next total lunar eclipse visible from the U.S. will occur on May 26, 2021, but will occur at 5 a.m. and only have 15 minutes of totality. A similar eclipse will occur May 16, 2022, but after that, the next supermoon total eclipse visible in the early evening from the U.S. will not occur until 2050.

The Rice observatory is located on the fourth floor of Brockman Hall for Physics, on the north side of campus. Parking will be available for a limited number of satellite trucks. Because the observatory is on the fourth floor, broadcast media should be prepared to work wirelessly.

Hartigan’s lecture is from 8:30-9 p.m. in Brockman Hall, Room 101.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Jade Boyd, science editor and associate director of news and media relations, at or 713-348-6778.


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About Jade Boyd

Jade Boyd is science editor and associate director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.