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 June 30, 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

Today in Space History

April 17, 2021
  • 1598 - Italian astronomer Giovanni Riccioli was born. First to observe a double star (1650) Mizar and alcor in Ursa Major.
  • 1964 - Jerrie Mock (USA) becomes the first woman to complete a solo airplane flight around the world.
  • 1967 - Surveyor 3 (USA) launched. Took 6315 pictures and returned them to earth. Surface sampler dug into lunar soil.
  • 1970 - Apollo 13 returned safely after aborting mission to the moon.
  • 1998 - STS-90 (Columbia). Spacelab mission. Duration: 15d 21h. Landing at Kennedy.