Planetarium Paolo Maffei

The Planetarium is dedicated to the memory of Paolo Maffei, citizen of Foligno, full professor of Astrophysics at the Perugia University. He
was a pioneer of infrared astronomy in the 1960's, discovered two galaxies (Maffei 1 and 2), realized the first italian robotic telescope
and an infrared telescope in Antarctica (ITM). Prof. Maffei is also famous as a writer of science books for the public, edited in the scientific EST collection, which gained a large circulation and were translated in several languages.

Made in Germany at the beginning of the twentieth century, the modern planetarium projects onto a hemispherical dome the image of the starry sky, visible to the naked eye under conditions of perfect visibility.

"Of course it is a great thing to add, besides the large multitude of fixed stars that nowadays we are been able to see with the natural vision, other countless stars never discovered before, and exposed to the naked eye in a quantity more than ten times greater than those existing and already known."(G. Galilei-Starry Messenger)

The observation and study of the celestial heaven encourage, spontaneously, reflections on issues concerning not only the other scientific disciplines, but also art, music, poetry, and history. In this way rediscovering the sky promotes awareness of the universality and unity of knowledge.


The Planetarium is located in a circa 50 m2 room
It has the following features:

  • Dome with a 6m diameter
  • Possibility of projecting 3200 stars and their constellations visible in the two halves of the Earth.
  • Simulation of a star explosion and the birth of supernova
  • Simulation of the lunar eclipse and of the solar eclipse
  • Visualization of sunrise and sunset
  • Simulation of black hole
  • Visualization of clouds - Simulation of the phenomenon
  • Visualization of the Milky Way
  • Slide show
  • Each galaxy hosts in a huge amount of matter. The term "black hole" sufficient drift to escape the enormous educational tool of great slides, also constellations in the southern hemisphere.
  • The Planetarium also has a solar telescope.