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

Observing the Sky

April Planets

Mars can be seen in the western sky moving through the constellation Taurus (the Bull). Mars can be seen by the Pleaides star cluster and then moving through the horns of Taurus by the end of April.

Equinox Not Quite Equal

The vernal or spring equinox on March 21 and the autumnal or fall equinox on September 23 are the two days when the Sun passes directly over the equator.

March Planets

Mercury can be seen setting in the western sky for a short time after sunset, but quickly sets. Mercury passes between the Sun and Earth on the 14th.

February Planets

Mars can be seen high in the southwestern sky after sunset in the constellation Pisces (the Fishes). Mars is the only evening planet until the end of February.

January Planets

Mars can be seen in southern sky after sunset moving eastward through the constellation Pisces (the Fish). Mars sets before midnight. Mars is the only evening planet all month!

Astronomy Highlights for 2019

MOON & ECLIPSES. A total lunar eclipse will be visible from NW Indiana on January 21st. A partial lunar eclipse occurs on December 26th and can be seen from Asia.


A fogbow is a rainbow that’s made from fog instead of rain. Fogbows are sometimes called white rainbows, cloudbows, or ghost rainbows. Like a rainbow, a fogbow is made the same process.

December Comets

The CNEO (Center for Near-Earth Objects) missed what three amateur astronomers discovered: a new comet in the morning sky in the constellation Virgo (the Maiden).

Meteor Showers of December

The best meteor shower of December is the Geminids. The Geminids peak on the nights of December 13th and 14th.

November Planets

Mercury appears for a short time during early and mid-November low in the southwestern sky in the constellation Scorpius (the Scorpion).

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