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

Earth

Deepest Volcano

An undersea volcano in the western Pacific Ocean erupted, deeper than any known before, near Guam and the Mariana Islands.

Pink Lagoon

The Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has landed 2 robot spacecraft on asteroid Ryugu.

Smoky Orange Moon and Sun

Western wildfire smoke reaches the Midwest states by the Prevailing Westerlies (Westerlies) wind pattern. The smoke particles can affect the color of the Moon and the Sun at dawn and dusk.

Mesopheric Mystery

Every summer, far northern sky watchers see an abundance of noctilucent clouds, which are icy clouds that form in the middle layer of Earth’s atmosphere called the mesosphere.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

An ocean gyre is a circular area created by Earth’s spin and ocean currents. The Pacific Ocean gyre is located between California and Hawaii.

Earth Rings Like a Bell

A high speed solar wind emanating from the Sun’s southern hemisphere has created a rare set of conditions that allow the Earth’s magnet field to ring like a bell around the Earth’s poles.

Permafrost Adds to CO2

Permafrost is a thick layer of frozen soil under the surface that remains frozen all year in cold environments of the polar and subpolar regions. Global warming is causing permafrost to thaw.

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.

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