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


Largest Underwater Cave

Underwater cavern explorers on the Yucatan Peninsula have discovered a connecting passage between two huge underwater cavern systems.

NOAA Winter Forecast

The NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) forecasters at their Climate Prediction Center have released the U.S. Winter Outlook.

Carbon Dioxide Spikes

Scientists know the El Nino event of 2015-2016 was one of the largest on record, and believed to be the cause of carbon dioxide (CO2) spike in Earth’s atmosphere.

Global Climate Study of 2016

The State of the Climate in 2016 report by the American meteorological Society indicate global temperatures were the highest in 2015-2016 since temperatures began to be recorded in 1850.

Life in Ultra-Dry Desert

Harsh environments on Earth are surprisingly teeming with life forms. The driest, non-polar desert on Earth is the Atacama Desert in Chile.

Jet Stream in Earth's Core


Global Climate Heats Up

The World Meteorological Organization has recorded and analyzed global climate for the 2011-2015 period and discovered it was the warmest ever recorded for every continent except Africa.

Land Loss from Oil Spills

In 2010, during the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, damage to sea life was widespread.


An unusual and quite beautiful optical phenomenon seen mostly by airplane flyers is commonly called glory, also known as an anti-corona or pilot’s bow.

Earth's Wobble

The axis of Earth is an imaginary line that runs through the planet from the North Pole to the South Pole. Earth spins on its axis.

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