A newly discovered asteroid has been named Romaplanetario to celebrate the second anniversary of the reopening of the Rome Planetarium. The decision to baptise asteroid 66458 in the museums name was made by Gianluca Masi, the astronomer who discovered the asteroid in the Pisces constellation in1999, with the consent of the International Astronomical Union. Over 240,000 people have visited the Planetarium in the two years since its reopening. It now contains a scale model of its asteroid namesake.
Planetario e Museo Astronomico di Roma, Piazza G. Agnelli 10, tel. 0682059127. Mon-Fri 09.30-14.00, Sat-Sun 09.00-19.00. Tickets cost 6.50, 4.50 concessions.