The following materials are accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired using a combination of Braille,
tactile techniques, and
descriptions in both
large format text and
audio formats, as well
as a collection of 3D
prints of cosmic objects.
Whether we are feeling the warmth from our closest star, the Sun, during the day, or learning about the majestic array of planets, stars, and galaxies in the greater Universe, the sky connects us all. With this kit of activities, we invite you to explore aspects of your Universe with us.
The Touchable Universe kit contains five 3D prints created from NASA data including three models from Chandra: Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (which also uses NASA infrared and ground-based optical data), Supernova 1987a, and the double star system and nova V745 SCO; as well as two models from Hubble and other data: Eta Carina, a bright star system, and the star-formation region known commonly as the Pillars of Creation.
Here's what you'll find inside:
• Five 3D prints:
-Supernova remnant Cassiopeia A
-Double Star System and Nova V745 SCO
-Pillars of Creation (also known as the Eagle Nebula).
• Audio files with descriptions for each of the 5 3D-printed objects
• A tactile and Braille poster series mounted on still styrene that cover
science topics of eruptions, shadows, wind, erosion, outflows, seeding
• Audio files of the text from the Braille panels.
Pillars of Erosion
Neutron Star in Crab Nebula
Lunar Eclipse and Moon of Jupiter
Spirals in Nature/ Spiral Galaxy
Touching the Stars:
Introduction to 3d Printing
M16/ Pillars of Creation
All photos on the page, credit: NASA/CXC
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