Astronomy themes from our trip to Italy

Here are some photos from our trip to Italy in early October 2010. Click on the photos to see the large versions.
The Basilica Church of Mary of the Angels and Martyrs was converted from a 4th Century Roman bathhouse. Pope asked the church to install a meridian line to help define the proper time for noontime prayers. This was the early stirrings of the Church’s use of science in the celebration of our faith.

One of the many Churches dedicated to Mary in Rome, had exhibits on astronomy and the Church


A portion of the meridian line. The sun shines through a small hole in the wall of the Church when the sun is highest in the sky near noon.

Meridian line


Sunset in Sorrento, Italy, with the island of Capri in the background.

Sunset with Capri in the distance


Jupiter rising over the hills of Sorrento, Italy, after sunset.

Jupiter rising over the hills of Sorrento, Italy, after sunset


Iridescent clouds over the city hall in Florence, Italy

Iridescent clouds over the city hall in Florence, Italy


Tomb of Galileo in Florence, Italy

Galieleo's tomb

Tomb of Galileo


Clock tower in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. The dial shows the phase and position of the moon. The digital clock was added in the mid-1800s.

Clock tower in Venice. Digital clock added in the 1800s


Moon over the lagoon in Venice.

Moon over Venice across the lagoon

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