Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana


The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public.

Due to the coronavirus and COVID-19, all activities in the Merrillville Schools — including all planetarium shows — have been cancelled through May 1, 2020. For more information on closures in the Merrillville Schools, please visit

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Merrillville Community Planetarium
Clifford Pierce Middle School
199 East 70th Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
(219) 650-5486 - voice
(219) 650-5470 - fax

Upcoming Sky Dates

Upcoming Shows

  • Tue, Apr 7 @ 7:47 a.m.
    Pierce Middle School
  • Tue, Apr 7 @ 8:41 a.m.
    Pierce Middle School
  • Tue, Apr 7 @ 9:35 a.m.
    Pierce Middle School
  • Tue, Apr 7 @ 10:57 a.m.
    Pierce Middle School

Today in Space History

April 7, 2020
  • 1959 - The first radar signal was bounced off the sun from Stanford, California.
  • 2000 - NASA launches the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft on a Delta 2 rocket. Its mission is water and thermal mapping of Mars.