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Tactile Astronomy: Seeing with Ears and Hands

Dr Nicolas Bonne at the University of Portsmouth is helping not only himself but others who are captivated by astronomy study the cosmos without relying on vision alone. Using a combination of spatial audio and 3D printed models, this astronomer creates auditory and tactile experiences for the visually impaired – or just those who learn better through these means. His work was featured in the British Science Festival’s A Dark Tour of the Universe exhibition and it also lives online for educators through his Tactile Universe project.