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

January 19, 2022
  • 1747 - German astronomer Johann Elert Bode was born. Popularized Titius-Bode Law, or Bode's Law, on distance of planets.
  • 1851 - Dutch astronomer Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn was born. Introduced absolute magnitude and color index as standard concepts.
  • 1965 - Gemini 2 (USA) launched on sub-orbital flight to test reentry and landing systems of the Gemini spacecraft. 18 minutes.