Making an Eclipse an Inclusive Multisensory Experience

Ahead of the 2017 total solar eclipse, which was experienced by millions of people across the United States, a team of scientists, educators, and experts on accessible media for people who are blind or low vision (BLV) launched a mobile app that aimed to make solar eclipses engaging for everyone. The resulting app, Eclipse Soundscapes, provided a real-time multisensory eclipse experience for BLV users. Encouraged by the app’s success, the group of developers is now expanding its educational resources ahead of the 2023 annular eclipse and 2024 total eclipse and will be introducing a new BLV-accessible citizen science eclipse research project.

Ensuring that scientific research is accessible to blind and low-vision people is…

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