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

Observing the Sky

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).

October Planets

Jupiter can be seen after sunset in the southwestern sky in the constellation Libra (the Scales). Jupiter is not visible for very long.

Smallest Constellations

The smallest constellation is in the Southern Hemisphere. The well-known Southern Cross is the smallest of the 88 constellations in our sky.

September Planets

Venus can be seen low in the western sky after sunset in the constellation Virgo (the Maiden), near its bright star Spica (Ear of Wheat).

Best Summer Shower

The best meteor shower of the summer will be the Perseids on August 12th.

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