Solar Eclipse for the Visually Impaired
[img_assist|nid=365031|title=Solar Eclipse for the Visually Impaired|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=67]Solar and lunar eclipses happen everyday, but on Monday, August 21st, for the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon's shadow passes directly over the United States! The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse.
Viewing parties similar to the one hosted by [:node/362439|AADL] are not hard to come by, but what about those that are visually impaired? Here are two options for those that are not able to view the eclipse:
The [http://acb.org/eclipse|American Council for the Blind] in collaboration with Nashville-based trained audio describer Julia Cawthon, will describe the eclipse as it happens and provide a vivid “translation” of the visual event into words for the benefit of anyone who tunes in. Click [http://acbradio.org/interactive|here] to access the broadcast, or dial 605-475-8130 and select option 4 to listen by phone.
The Eclipse Soundscape Project, from NASA's Heliophysics Education Consortium, will also deliver a multi-sensory experience of this exciting celestial event. The project includes real time audio descriptions of the eclipse, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch. You can download the iOs app [http://www.eclipsesoundscapes.org/download|here]; an Android app will be available soon.