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Astronomy for All

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Whether you’re an avid star-gazer or just a fan of outer space, chances are you’ve turned your gaze to the night sky in search of constellations, planets, and other celestial attractions. But you may not have considered how studying space can be a catalyst for community building. Baltimore’s Popscope is working to make astronomy fun, free, and portable. We speak to volunteers Ariel Hicks and Joseph Long about Popscope’s goal of creating an inclusive community of astronomers throughout the city. Plus, Herman Heyn, Baltimore’s self-proclaimed "star hustler” has been a street corner astronomer for nearly thirty years. What wonder do the heavens still hold for him?

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.