The wonder of the sky over the beauty of Rome

30 images that immortalize the encounter of some of the most spectacular phenomena of the night firmament with monuments and symbols of the Capital

Rome – From 6 December to 26 January 2020 the exhibition Carpe Sidera will be held at the Civic Museum of Zoology. The wonder of the sky on the beauty of Rome in which will be exposed the spectacular photographs taken by the astrophysicist and photographer Gianluca Masi, astronomer of the Planetarium of Rome Capital. The exhibition is promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, with the museum services of Zètema Progetto Cultura. For MIC Card holders, admission to the museum is free. Admire the stars from the big cities, among the artificial lights, is less and less obvious, yet the firmament does not fail to offer extraordinary opportunities to do so. They represent an important cue to rediscover and preserve the heritage of the sky. Rome, with its unparalleled archaeological and monumental heritage, is an ideal place to do so. The photographic exhibition aims to bring together the wonders of the sky and the monumental charm of the Eternal City: fragments of beauty, gathered near the borderline that is the horizon, where the sky and the city meet for thousands of years.

In Carpe Sidera. The wonder of the sky over the beauty of Rome, the splendor of the night sky, through some of its most spectacular phenomena, lights up on that of monuments and symbols of the Capital: from the Space Station that crosses the sky above Piazza di Spagna to the Superluna looming on the horizon of the Altar of the Fatherland, from Venus setting next to the Dome, to the scratch of light of a satellite on Piazza del Campidoglio.

Gianluca Masi’s goal, as a researcher but also as a passionate scientific divulger, is to recover, through the beauty of the images, the dialogue between the celestial vault and the urban spaces, starting point for the preservation of that treasure of wonders hidden in the firmament. During the exhibition, some meetings held by the photographer himself on night photography and on the phenomena observed and immortalized in the photographs will take place, with free admission while there are still spaces available. For more information about the meetings, please visit


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