At their fingertips: Adult participants getting a feel for solar eclipses at a recent Vision Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Expo.
Credit: David Hurd

The total eclipse of the sun this August that sweeps across the continental United States is an eye-catching celestial occurrence. But what about a coworker, friend or family member who is totally blind or visually impaired?

Over the last couple of decades, there has been notable work done by NASA, educators and the National Federation of the Blind to make space science accessible for all.

To memorialize the forthcoming total solar eclipse event, a tactile guide has been created. Tactile graphics provides an illustration of the interaction and alignment of the sun with the moon and the Earth. Along with the guide, associated activities clarify the nature of eclipses.

For more information, go to my new Space.com story at:

Braille Guide Gives Users a Feel for 2017 Solar Eclipse

http://www.space.com/36553-total-solar-eclipse-2017-braille-guide.html

One Response to “Having a “Tactile Touch” for the August Total Solar Eclipse”

  • As the date of the August 21 eclipse draws near, keep this important safety information in mind: You MUST use special eclipse safety glasses to view a partial eclipse and the partial phases of a total eclipse. To do otherwise is risking permanent eye damage and even blindness. The ONLY time it’s safe to look at a TOTAL eclipse without proper eye protection is during the very brief period of totality when the Sun is 100 percent blocked by the Moon. If you’re in a location where the eclipse won’t be total, there is NEVER a time when it’s safe to look with unprotected eyes. NEVER attempt to view an eclipse with an optical device (camera, binoculars, telescope) that doesn’t have a specially designed solar filter that fits snugly on the front end (the Sun side) of the device. Additionally, never attempt to view an eclipse with an optical device while wearing eclipse glasses; the focused light will destroy the glasses and enter and damage your eyes.

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