a telescope for every neighbourhood

Our mission

Imagine looking up at sky on a clear night — something beautiful, unfamiliar, and perhaps even inexplicable —- that feeling of admiration, awe, and wonder. When was the last time you looked at the stars, the craters of the moon, or the rings of Saturn?
Stay curious.

#Popscope is an urban movement that aims to reconnect diverse communities to the night sky and to each other by hosting free, “pop-up” astronomy nights in public spaces. Since 2014, #popscope has hosted 300+ events that have connected nearly 16,000 people to each other and to the sky.

  • We connect people to each other, in-person and through social media.

  • We educate diverse communities about science and astronomy.

  • We are re-thinking how public spaces are used and allocated.


We are connectors, catalysts, and amateur urban astronomers.

Viva Dadwal

Viva Dadwal is a BCL/LLB Candidate at the McGill University Faculty of Law, a member of the WEF Global Shapers community, and a Fulbright Canada award recipient.

Michael O’Shea

Higher education consultant by day, mentor by weekend, and community activist by night. #popscoper since one fateful winter night in Ottawa in 2014.

Annie Frenette


Tatenda Mushonga


Conor O’Shea

Conor teaches in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; runs the firm Hinterlands Urbanism and Landscape; and provides graphic design and guidelines for #popscope.

MacKenzie Warren

East Lansing

Mary Rose O’Shea


Ariel Hicks

Ariel is a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, a Baltimore Global Shaper, Astronomy in Chile Education Ambassador (ACEAP), and garden manager for Pigtown Food For Thought community garden.

Audrey Buckland

Audrey is an international health researcher at Johns Hopkins. She develops and evaluates maternal and child health programs in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Jaz Barnett

Hey I’m Jaz, an honorary #popscope space ace and a Baltimore local. I use they/them pronouns!

Michael Petrone


Anicca Harriot

Anicca is a PhD student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine where she studies mechanotransduction. She also works to amplify the voices of women of color in STEM as #VanguardSTEM’s Social Media Coordinator and LGBTQ+ Engagement Specialist.

Nikita Gokhale


Seth Franz

Seth is a social entrepreneur driven by his passion for Baltimore. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Volunteering Untapped and is heavily involved in many civic and charitable activities.

Isaac Lief

Isaac grew up in Brooklyn, NY before it was cool. He manages community health projects at the NYU School of Medicine that aim to prevent chronic diseases in low-income populations.

Julia Passik

New York City

Jack Hewitt


Lee Giat


Lucas Harty

Boston transplant and international higher education practitioner. Earth-walker and sky-gazer.

Leah Swinson

Current M.Ed. student and future high school history teacher. Coffee and bearded dragon enthusiast.

Sapana Thomas

Lifelong science enthusiast, former high school biology teacher and cancer genetics researcher, current product manager for mobile advertising technology at AOL. Dedicated social justice activist, grassroots organizer, and lover of making the beauty of science accessible to everyone!

Denia Taylor


Cindy Rodriguez

I am a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) driver based in Lynn, Massachusetts, and I am an active member of community nonprofit organization, Lynn United for Change. I love to be able to experience new things!

Julien Xuereb

Washington, DC

Darryl Fernandes

Washington, DC

Nick Galitzki

San Diego
Nick is a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics at the University of California, San Diego. He spends most of his time with millimeter wave telescopes that operate in Chile’s Atacama desert but in his spare time he enjoys doing a variety of astronomy education and outreach activities including #popscope.

We strongly believe that community programming must be sustained over time. This is why collaboration with more established organizations is so important to us. We want to work with others in having a more lasting impact.