The vastness of space can be a little hard to comprehend, but somehow sound seems to encapsulate it very well.
That’s what Vision Australia’s blind tech guru David Woodbridge has found exploring the options available to the blind and low vision space obsessed community.
Listen to the Talking Tech episode in the player below:
Options for exploring the universe:
James Webb Telescope
Coming online this year, the hugely powerful James Webb telescope has already beamed back some incredibly details pictures of our universe. The telescope team have expertly written the alt text and image descriptions to help people understand what they’re looking at and what it means.
Take a look at the images and read the descriptions
The team at audio universe have created a sonification-based astronomy show. Traveling on a spacecraft, you are taken around the solar system by exploring objects by sound. The videos are narrated extremely well and provide a surround sound experience.
Visit the website and behind the scenes of how they were able to create the audio tour
How blind astronomer Wanda Diaz Merced hears the universe
Through sonification, Wanda studies the light emitted by gamma-ray bursts, the most energetic events in the universe.
Watch her TED talk