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



Igor Baliukin of the Space Research Institute at the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow, Russia, used 20-year old archived data from ESA’s SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) spacecraft’s

Meteor Hits Cuba

On February 1, 2019 at about 1:16 p.m., a meteor was seen streaking across the sky over West Palm Beach, the Florida Keys, and western Cuba where it hit near Vinales, a town in Pinar del Rio.

Restore Coral Reefs

In 2016 and 2017, about half of the corals in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia died from the effects of changing climate and greenhouse gases.

Ice Quakes

Polar Vortex is a very cold, swirling, low pressure air mass that forms above the North and South Poles. In, winter, the air mass expands, sending the cold air into nonpolar regions.

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.

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