Merrillville Community Planetarium
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MCP News

All Tests Passed!

Congratulations to our student assistants who passed all four planetarium tests!

Family Gatherings at the Merrillville Community Planetarium

The Merrillville Community Planetarium offers private shows for groups like scouts and brownie troops, church groups, and Red Hat Societies.

Total Lunar Eclipse on September 27, 2015

Weather permitting, observers in the continental United States, including Northwest Indiana, will be able to observe a total lunar eclipse during the evening of Sunday, September 27.

Indiana University Northwest Astronomy Classes at Planetarium

Dr. Larry Ciupik’s retired from teaching Astronomy at Indiana University Northwest campus after the spring semester.

Student Highlights of the GLPA Conference

Five planetarium assistants went to the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Conference in October. This year it was held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Student Assistant Training

Sixty one middle and high school students were accepted into Planetarium training that began September 9th and will continue through October 6th.

New Camelopardalid Meteor Shower

The Camelopardalids meteor shower should be visible to Northwest Indiana very early Saturday morning.

Congratulations to Student Assistants Who Passed Tests

Congratulations to the Planetarium student assistants who have passed all four tests before the end of the calendar year.

Planetarium Club

The Planetarium Club is comprised of the student assistants who volunteer their time to help out in the planetarium.


Gregg L. Williams, Merrillville Community Planetarium Director for 31 years, was nominated for the Thomas Brennan Award for Secondary Teaching from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) by Maryetta Petras in 2011.

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