Merrillville Community Planetarium
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MCP News

Total Lunar Eclipse of October 27, 2004

Weather permitting, observers in Northwest Indiana will be able to observe a total lunar eclipse on the evening of Wednesday, October 27. This is the last total eclipse of the moon until March 3, 2007.

Five Planets Visible After Sunset

All five planets that can be seen with the naked eye are visible during the early evening over the next two weeks. Observers should look on clear evenings just as the sky becomes dark following sunset.

A Close Encounter With Mars This Summer

Mars is going to appear bigger and brighter in our night sky this summer. In fact, on August 27, 2003, Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in quite a while. From now through early fall is a good time to observe Mars -- with a telescope, binoculars, or your eyes!

Total Lunar Eclipse of May 15, 2003

Weather permitting, observers in Northwest Indiana will be able to observe a total lunar eclipse on the evening of Thursday, May 15. This is the first of two lunar eclipses visible from Northwest Indiana in 2003.

Record Year for Planetarium

The Merrillville Community Planetarium presented 681 shows during the 2001-02 school year, exceeding the previous record of 592 shows during 1999-2000.

Four Planets Visible at Once in Evening Sky

Four bright planets are visible just after sunset through April and May. Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter are in a line rising up from the western horizon into high in the southwestern sky. Later this month, Mercury will join the other planets.

Planetarium on Target for Record Year

The Merrillville Community Planetarium has scheduled more than 600 shows for the 2001-2002 school year. By the time the scheduling year ends in early August, the planetarium will have given a record number of programs.

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