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

Observing the Sky

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.

Stargazing at the Dunes

The Calumet Astronomical Society, the Chicago Astronomical Society, and the Michiana Astronomical Society are hosting FREE monthly telescopic viewing events at the Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil B

March Planets

Mercury can be seen rising in the predawn southeastern sky for a very short time moving from the constellation Capricornus (the SeaGoat) through Aquarius (the Water-Bearer) and into Pisces (the Fishes

Lightning Phenomena from ISS

Ever hear of red sprites, blue jets, pixies or elves in the atmosphere?

February Planets

Venus can be seen high in the southwestern sky in the constellation Pisces (the Fishes). Venus is brilliant as the “Evening Star”. Venus sets around 9:00, when Jupiter rises.

January Planets

Venus can be seen after sunset in the southwestern sky moving through the constellations Aquarius (the Water-Bearer) into Pisces (the Fish).

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