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NASA"s Space Place Team Honors the Merrillville Community Planetarium

In December 2010, a Certificate of Appreciation for The Space Place, a NASA public education and outreach program, was awarded to Merrillville Community Planetarium for its valuable contributions to i

Student Assistants Training Begins

At the start of every school year, students apply to join the Planetarium Club. This year, 85 students applied and 68 have been accepted for training.

Stargazing For Families

After many requests for more educational opportunities for families, the Merrillville Adult Education is offering an Astronomy class for adults with children that will be held at the planetarium.

Delegation from Merrillville attends planetarium conference in Michigan

I writing today from Bay City, Michigan, where I'm attending the annual conference of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA). The conference began on Wednesday evening and runs through Saturday afternoon.

Another Planetarium Program Converted to Digitalsky

We just completed converting another planetarium program to DigitalSky. "The Endless Horizon" is about human exploration -- exploration of the oceans, continents, and outer space.

Choosing Public Shows

Each year, the Merrillville Community Planetarium offers four different public programs -- one for each season. Our fall program is in October, winter show in January, spring program in April, and summer show in July.

Planetarium Offers Galileoscopes for International Year of Astronomy

In 1609, the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei turned a telescope towards the heavens and recorded the first detailed observations of the sky with the new device. In honor of the 400th anniversary of the first astronomical observations with a telescope, the United Nations has declared 2009 to be the International Year of Astronomy (IYA).

Planetarium fall mailing goes out

On Friday, September 18, we mailed information for the planetarium's 2009-2010 program year to everyone on our mailing list.

50th Anniversary of NASA

When the Soviet Union launched the first satellite into space on October 4, 1957, the United States government responded by establishing a single agency to coordinate the nation's civilian space program. On July 29, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). On October 1, 1958, NASA began operations.

Total Lunar Eclipse of February 20, 2008

Weather permitting, observers in Northwest Indiana will be able to observe a total lunar eclipse on the night of Wednesday, February 20. This is the third of three total lunar eclipses over a twelve month period. There was a total lunar eclipse on March 3, 2007 and August 28, 2007.

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