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Feelgood outreach with the Tactile Universe

Members of the ICG at Portsmouth working on Tactile Universe outreach

Image Credit: Tactile Universe/ICG

Visual impairment need not be a barrier to appreciating astronomical data and ideas.

Striking astronomical images offer a route to developing understanding of some of the big questions about the structure and origin of the universe. The Tactile Universe, a project set up by the University of Portsmouth, aims to develop resources to allow  people with visual impairments to appreciate astrophysics. They use three-dimensional models to show the sort of astrophysical information more usually rendered as colour and are working with the visually impaired community to develop ways to share their research. 

Read more in the current issue of A&G.

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