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

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. The previous record, set in 1999-2000, was 592 shows. Last year, the planetarium presented 553 programs.

In the last twenty years, planetarium use has grown from 199 shows in 1982-83 to over 600 shows in 2001-2002. The 300 show total was exceeded in 1987-1988 when 325 programs were given. It took only two years more to break the 400 show barrier - 417 programs presented in 1989-1990. The 1996-1997 school year was the first year to exceed 500 shows with 508 programs.

Historically, 62% of the planetarium shows each year have been presented to Merrillville classes. About 32% of the programs have been for outside groups and the remaining 6% have been public shows. More than 340,000 people have attended programs at the Merrillville Community Planetarium over the last 20 years.