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


The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public.

Due to the coronavirus and COVID-19, all activities in the Merrillville Schools — including all planetarium shows — have been cancelled through June 30, 2020. For more information on closures in the Merrillville Schools, please visit

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Merrillville Community Planetarium
Clifford Pierce Middle School
199 East 70th Avenue
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
(219) 650-5486 - voice
(219) 650-5470 - fax

Today in Space History

November 29, 2021
  • 1803 - Austrian physicist Christian Doppler was born. Observed light and sound wave frequencies and "Doppler Effect".
  • 1866 - British astronomer Ernest Brown was born. Worked on the theory of Moon motion. Found fluctuations. Made lunar tables.
  • 1961 - Mercury-Atlas 5 (USA) launched. Chimpanzee "Enos" recovered after 2 orbits. Test of Mercury spacecraft & Atlas rocket.