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

Observing the Sky

March Planets

Venus can be seen setting in the southwestern sky in the constellation Aquarius (the Water-Bearer) into Pisces (the Fishes). Venus is the “Evening Star”.

CNEOS

In 1998, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) officially began the NEO Program Office for computing high-precision orbits for Near-Earth objects (NEOs) and assessing them for future collisions with Ear

February Planets

Venus is hard to see in the glow of the setting sun very low in the western sky. Venus will be easier to see by the end of February as it sets about an hour after the Sun.

January Planets

Mars rises in the predawn southeastern sky moving from the constellation Aquarius (the Water-Bearer) into Pisces (the Fish). Mars appears lower every night. Mars looks like a ruddy-colored star.

Astronomy Highlights for 2018

MOON & ECLIPSES Three partial solar eclipses cannot be seen from NW Indiana occur on February 15th, July 12th and August 11th.

December Planets

Mars can be seen rising in the southeastern sky about 3:00 a.m. passing from the constellation Virgo (the Maiden) into Libra (the Scales). Mars nears Jupiter. Mars looks like a ruddy-colored star.

Interstellar Visitor

A comet or asteroid from outside our solar system made an extreme orbit around our Sun in September and October. 2017.

November Planets

Saturn can be seen for a short time after sunset very low in the southwestern sky in the constellation Ophiuchus (the Serpent-Bearer).

October Planets

Jupiter can be seen for the first week of October setting just a half hour after sunset in the western sky in the constellation Virgo (the Maiden). Jupiter is very bright, even on the horizon.

Moon Terms

So many new terms are being used to describe Earth’s moon, it’s time to figure out what they mean.

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