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

2017 Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017 a partial solar eclipse will be visible from the Northwest Indiana region. The Merrillville Community Planetarium has prepared a number of resources to help the public safely enjoy this astronomical event:

Preparatory Resources

Experiencing the eclipse with MCP

Educator Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the timing for the solar eclipse in Merrillville, IN?
The 2017 solar eclipse will begin at 11:55 a.m. as the moon begins to cover the sun. The eclipse reaches its maximum at 1:21 p.m. when about 88% of the sun will be covered by the moon. The partial eclipse will end at 2:44 p.m.

Q: Does the planetarium have solar glasses or solar viewers available for the event?
As of Thursday, August 17, we have sold out of all our solar eclipse viewers and glasses.
Yes, the planetarium has a limited number of solar glasses and solar viewers available for purchase for $2.00 each. The planetarium will be open Monday, August 14th through Friday, August 18th from 8 am - 4 pm. The planetarium is located inside of Clifford Pierce Middle School. Directions and phone numbers are available on our web site.

Q: Are there any special events planned for the eclipse?
Yes! The planetarium will be hosting a live stream of the eclipse from our roof-mounted automated telescopes and cameras.