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


Mysterious Mercury

What is unusual about the planet closest to the sun?

Mercury Has a Tail

Astronomers have observed that under certain conditions, Mercury develops a tail behind it. Scientists are considering calling this class of objects “Comet-Planets”.

February Planets

Mercury can be seen at the very end of the month for about a half hour after sunset in the constellation Aquarius (the Water-Bearer). Mercury appears higher in the sky each evening and will be easier to see in March when it’s higher and brighter in the predawn sky. Mercury looks like a small white star.

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