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Baltimore Popscope looks to unite city through public astronomy

Baltimore Popscope looks to unite city through public astronomy

As Highlandtown resident David Smith walked his dog, a Goldendoodle named Finley, at the eastern edge of Patterson Park on a frigid January night, he noticed a small crowd down the hill.

Did someone get mugged? he wondered. Why else would a group gather in the cold and dark?

To look skyward, of course. The group was taking turns gazing through a telescope set up by a group of amateur astronomers called Baltimore Popscope. Smith joined in.

"That's awesome," Smith said when he spied the waxing gibbous moon in glorious detail. "There's a big crater right on the shadow."

Baltimore is one of five cities where a group of stargazing enthusiasts has set...

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