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


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.

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.

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