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#Leonardo Sens#moon

The Mountaintop Christ the Redeemer Statue Cradles the Moon in Rio de Janeiro

June 13, 2023

Grace Ebert

Christ the Redeemer appears to hold the moon in his outstretched arms at the top of a mountain

All images © Leonardo Sens, shared with permission

Since the early 20th century, the massive Christ the Redeemer statue has stood at the tip of the Corcovado mountain, spreading his arms and overlooking Rio de Janeiro. Scaling nearly 40 meters from the base of its pedestal to the top of the figure’s head, the art deco sculpture is a landmark in Tijuca National Park and a busy destination for tourists. Brazilian photographer Leonardo Sens has also set his sights on the cultural icon in recent years, hoping to catch a glimpse of the moon perfectly nestled within Christ’s hands.

After three years of observing celestial patterns and tracking the satellite’s position, Sens successfully captured the sought-after shot on June 4. According to PetaPixel, he positioned himself on Icaraí Beach, which is about seven miles from the statue, and photographed the moon just as it passed behind the figure, who appears to hold the glowing orb in his outstretched palms in an act of divine alignment.

Sens frequently documents the skies and natural landscapes, and you can find more of his work on Instagram.

The moon approaches Christ the Redeemer at the top of a mountain

The moon approaches Christ the Redeemer at the top of a mountain with the city and body of water in the foreground

#Leonardo Sens#moon

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