This Monday, August 21, the Moon will completely cover the Sun and cast a great shadow over the Earth. “This phenomenon that did not happen in 99 years,” says Michelle Thaller, NASA scientist, will be a total solar eclipse from the United States and partly from Central America, northern South America and Europe.
Nobody wants to miss this phenomenon – which can also be harmful if you do not take some precautionary measures. For blind or low-vision people, the Eclipse Soundscapes project has been working on an application that tries to simulate and bring the eclipse event to a multisensory experience, even for those who can not necessarily see it in the sky .
What is the Eclipse Soundscapes?
The project includes real-time audio descriptions of the eclipse. That is, it will reproduce sounds of the real world when the total eclipse passes through several places. For example, the sound of animals that usually go out at night and wake up as the Sun is covered by the Moon as a whole; also the song of the birds of the morning when the Sun returns to shine.
The final piece of the project is an interactive “rumple map”, which uses the touchscreen of a smartphone and vibrational feedback to show the physical aspects of the eclipse, according to explanatory data published in Mashable.
This indicates that the force of the vibrations of the eclipse coordinates with the brightness of the sun as the phenomenon occurs. This will help people with low vision experience what is happening with the eclipse through their sense of touch.
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The idea of the Eclipse Soundscapes was conceived within NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium, and was born of scientist Henry Winter, who noted that “accessible” expositions – regarding the subject of eclipses – only included the braille element name , but there was no way any blind or low vision person would interact with him.