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Solar Eclipse 2024: Witnessing Celestial Beauty through Sound and Touch

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
New Technology to Assist Blind Individuals Experience the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Through Hearing and Touch

On Monday, April 8th, millions of people across North America will be able to witness one of the most magnificent celestial events – a total solar eclipse. This eclipse is expected to be even better than the last one that occurred just seven years ago.

At its peak, those in the right location will experience totality where light from the Sun is completely blotted out except for that of the corona for nearly four and a half minutes. However, those who are blind or visually impaired can also experience this celestial event with the help of a sound and touch device.

The LightSound device was developed through collaboration between Harvard astronomer Allyson Bieryla and Wanda Díaz-Merced, an astronomer who is blind. The device uses sound to allow individuals to experience the eclipse through audio cues. As the Moon blocks the Sun’s light, a sensor on the LightSound device emits high-pitch musical tones which gradually drop until it becomes dark enough for viewers to hear the faint sounds of animals and other noises from Earth.

The LightSound Project is an open-source initiative that provides downloadable DIY instructions in English, Spanish, and French on how to build your own device. The project had set out to build over 750 devices in conjunction with other institutions by April 2024 – just in time for the next total solar eclipse. Several listening events have been planned for April 8th from Colombia to Canada, offering people an opportunity to experience this celestial event together.

Overall, this total solar eclipse presents an exciting opportunity for people across North America to witness a spectacular celestial event either in person or through innovative technology like LightSound devices. This event is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who witness it.

In summary:

A total solar eclipse will occur on Monday, April 8th across much of North America. At its maximum point, viewers in specific locations will experience totality where they will only see light from the corona while hearing noises from Earth due to their eyes being closed.

For those who are blind or visually impaired, they can use a LightSound device designed by Harvard astronomer Allyson Bieryla and Wanda Díaz-Merced which uses sound cues instead of visuals.

The LightSound Project is open source with downloadable DIY instructions available in English, Spanish and French on how to build your own device.

Several listening events are planned across North America on April 8th giving people an opportunity to experience this celestial event together.

This total solar eclipse promises an unforgettable experience for all who witness it whether in person or through innovative technology like LightSound devices.

By Samantha Jones

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