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

Observing the Sky

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.

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.

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