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

Observing the Sky

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.

September Planets

Jupiter can be seen low in the southwestern sky after sunset in the constellation Virgo (the Maiden).

Florence Passes Earth

Asteroid Florence is passing Earth on September 1st at a safe distance of 4.4 million miles (about 18 Earth-Moon distances).

Summer Planets

Mercury disappears from the western evening sky by the end of June as it passes behind the Sun as seen from Earth on June 21st.

May Planets

Mars can be seen low in the western sky after sunset passing through the horns of the constellation Taurus (the Bull).

New Cloud Names Official

World Meteorological Day on March 23rd was created by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to appreciate the importance and value of the weather around the world.

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