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. For thousands of years, the night sky has inspired and brought people and communities together. We hope to bring people together for many more.

  • 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.

The TEAM

We are connectors, catalysts, and amateur urban astronomers.

Viva Dadwal

Montreal
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

Boston
A native of Chicago, Michael is passionate about higher education, student mobility, and community engagement. He previously worked as the EducationUSA Advisor with Fulbright Canada and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, helping Canadian students study in the United States. Michael holds a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis from Pomona College and an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds dual Canadian and American citizenship.

Conor O Shea

Urbana-Champaign

Tatenda Mushonga

Philadelphia

Seth Franz

Baltimore

Mary Rose O’Shea

Chicago

Nick Galitzki

Philadelphia

Isaac Lief

Brooklyn
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.

Julien Xuereb

Baltimore

Ariel Hicks

Baltimore

Audrey Buckland

Baltimore

Joseph Long

Baltimore

Jack Hewitt

Jacksonville

MacKenzie Warren

East Lansing

Julia Passik

New York City

Jaz Barnett

Baltimore

Darryl Fernandes

Baltimore

Annie Frenette

Ottawa

Lee Giat

Jacksonville

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.