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

Sky Almanac

Wednesday, January 28
Sunrise07:04 a.m.
Sunset04:59 p.m.
Moonrise12:04 p.m.
Moonset01:36 a.m.

Moon Phase


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.

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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

  • Wed, Jan 28 @ 8:20 a.m.
  • Wed, Jan 28 @ 9:30 a.m.
  • Wed, Jan 28 @ 10:50 a.m.
  • Wed, Jan 28 @ 12:55 p.m.

Today in Space History

January 28, 2015
  • 1611 - Johannes Hevelius born in Poland. Hevelius best known for his famous atlases of the moon and stars.
  • 1921 - Albert Einstein suggested the possibility of measuring the universe.
  • 1960 - The first wire photograph bounced off the moon sent from Hawaii to Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Navy.
  • 1986 - Space Shuttle Challenger explodes killing seven astronauts.
  • 1986 - STS-51-L (Challenger). Planned TDRS launch. Loss of vehicle and crew. Duration: 73 sec.