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.

Please note that the planetarium's air conditioning is not working and we don't expect for it to be repaired until August. The lack of air conditioning is affecting all of our shows for groups and for the public. While the planetarium is warm, it is not unbearably hot and we are providing water to our visitors.

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address + phone

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

Upcoming Sky Dates

Upcoming Shows

  • Tue, Jul 23 @ 1:00 p.m.
    First Academy Daycare
  • Wed, Jul 24 @ 12:00 p.m.
    Small Wonders
  • Fri, Jul 26 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Summer Public Show #4
  • Sat, Jul 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Summer Public Show #5

Today in Space History

July 23, 2019
  • 1972 - Landsat 1 (USA) launched. 1st of five Earth resource satellites. Monitored forests, crops, pollution, marine life.
  • 1999 - STS-93 (Columbia). Chandra X-Ray Observatory launch. Duration: 4d 22h. Landing at Kennedy.