Thursday 17 January 2008

Touch the Invisible Sky: A Multi-Wavelength Braille Book

Touch the Invisible Sky (a book about astronomy for the blind) is filled with color images of nebulae, stars, galaxies and some of the telescopes that captured the original pictures. It was written by astronomy educator and accessibility specialist Noreen Grice who created .

Each image is embossed with lines, bumps, and other textures. The raised patterns translate colors, shapes, and other intricate details of the cosmic objects, allowing visually impaired people to experience them. Braille and large-print descriptions accompany each of the book's 28 photographs, making the book's design accessible to readers of all visual abilities.. It has images from Hubble, the Spitzer (infrared) Space Telescope, and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

Watch an embedded video of Noreen Grice's story on this page.

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