The second night in Rome was as clear as you could hope for. We rode our bikes over to Piazza di Santa Maria and found a plaza teeming with tourists and locals alike. We got to work. Viste Della Luna! The last time I visited Italy, I was afraid to speak even the smallest bit of Italian. Now, we are so eager to learn what we can in order to share the beauty of the cosmos. Viste Della Luna da vacino con telescopio! E bella.
Each time we thought we would pack up, more people came by to ask about the telescope. Are the Moon Men better received in Rome than in Philly? Prove me wrong Philly! The armed forces that guard the political buildings approached us and asked us what we were doing. And that's when a man holding an assault rifle looked through our telescope, said wow, smiled, and told us we are doing something good for the people.
We met Bruno and Sara, industrial engineers from Portugal. We discussed how fragile our Earth is, and how astronomy reminds us of our responsibility to keep our air clean and our water clear, for all the life on this planet. Bruno pulled us away from the setting moon long enough to treat us to many rounds of Heineken. So many rounds that by 1 am, Jupiter was visible, and we set right back to work pointing our machine.