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Date: 08/18/2017
Title: Blindness Is Not an Excuse to Miss the Eclipse on August 21st

Not being able to see is not an excuse to miss the upcoming eclipse. NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium created the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, which will allow people to experience the eclipse in a different way. It will include “audio descriptions of the eclipse in real time, recordings of the changing environmental sounds during the eclipse, and an interactive “rumble map” app that will allow users to visualize the eclipse through touch.”  Isn’t it awesome!!
In the dark sky, a dark moon covers the sun, leaving only a yellow and orange ring of fire around the moon. A flare shines on the right side of the ring.
To experience all that, people are invited to download the Eclipse Soundscapes app, available for iPhones and iPads. The app gives access to audio descriptions of the different stages of an eclipse, which are also available in the Eclipse Features section of the project’s website with additional scientific information(http://eclipsesoundscapes.org/eclipse-features).  The app’s “rumble map,” “gives the user the sensation of “feeling” the Sun during an eclipse.” As people explore eclipse images with their fingertips, their devices will shake in response to the changes of light in the images.
 
There is also a way for you to participate more actively in the Eclipse Soundscapes Project. It has been said that sounds in nature change during a eclipse, and, to analyze how truthful is that, the project will allow people to upload sound recordings made during the eclipse to its website. The recordings will be later stored in a database that will be free and openly accessible for educational and artistic purposes.
 
If you want to make a recording, “record for at least half an hour before the apex of the eclipse, and half an hour after.”  You can use your smartphone recording app for that. To see more information about how to make the recordings go to the Citizen Science section of the project’s website. 
 
There are so many ways to experience the eclipse: watch it safely, hear it, feel it and be part of the activities in your community.  Here, in the Orlando area, there will be many viewing activities in public libraries, parks, universities and, of course, the Kennedy Space Center.  You can even watch a live - streaming video of the eclipse at https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive

I can’t wait for Monday for this unique celestial event!
 
 
Source: Eclipse Soundscapes, http://eclipsesoundscapes.org

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