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

Observing the Sky

Best Summer Shower

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

Summer Planets

Mercury appears very low in the western sky in June and July after passing behind the Sun. Mercury will disappear in August as it passes between the Sun and Earth on August 8th.

Southern Sky Constellations

French astronomer Nicolas Louis de Lacaille charted the southern sky and created many constellations in areas where there weren’t any yet.

May Planets

Venus can be seen in the western sky after sunset in the constellation Taurus (the Bull) moving to Gemini (the Twins) by the end of May. Venus is the “Evening Star”.

April Planets

Venus can be seen after sunset in the southwestern sky passing from the constellation Aries (the Ram) into Taurus (the Bull).

Lyrid Meteor Shower

This April shower doesn’t bring May flowers. The only meteor shower in April is the Lyrid meteor shower. A meteor shower is when Earth passes through the path of a comet’s trail.

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.

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