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

Sky Almanac

Thursday, October 2
Sunrise06:47 a.m.
Sunset06:30 p.m.
Moonrise02:39 p.m.
Moonset12:00 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

  • Fri, Oct 3 @ 8:20 a.m.
  • Fri, Oct 3 @ 9:35 a.m.
    Iddings & Fieler
  • Fri, Oct 3 @ 11:00 a.m.
  • Fri, Oct 3 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Fall Public Show #1

Today in Space History

October 2, 2014
  • 1608 - Johannes Lippershey offered prototype of modern telescope to Dutch government. Demonstrated by Hans Lippershey.
  • 1886 - Astronomer Robert Julius Trumpler was born. Studied galactic star clusters haze of interstellar material.
  • 1912 - American aeronautical engineer Frank Malina born. Served as first director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • 1914 - American aerospace engineer Jack Parsons born. Founding member of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Aerojet Corp..