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Experiencing the Spectacle: The Total Solar Eclipse of 8 April and the LightSound Device

BySamantha Nguyen

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

On Monday, 8 April, people across much of North America will have the chance to witness one of the most magnificent celestial events. A total solar eclipse is set to sweep across the United States, providing viewers with an incredible sight. This eclipse is expected to be even better than the last one that occurred seven years ago.

At its maximum, those who are blind or visually impaired will also have the chance to experience the celestial event with the help of a sound and touch device called LightSound. The LightSound device was designed and developed in 2017 through a collaboration between Harvard astronomer Allyson Bieryla and Wanda Díaz-Merced, an astronomer who is blind. This device uses sound to allow individuals to experience the eclipse through audio cues.

The sensor on the LightSound device emits high-pitch musical tones under normal light, which gradually drop as the Moon blocks the Sun’s light. The LightSound Project is completely open source and provides downloadable DIY instructions in English, Spanish, and French on how to build your own device. Several listening events are planned for Monday, 8 April from Colombia to Canada, providing an opportunity for people to experience the eclipse together.

Overall, this total solar eclipse on 8 April presents an exciting opportunity for people across North America to witness a spectacular celestial event that they can feel as well as see through innovative devices like LightSound. Whether viewing it in person in

By Samantha Nguyen

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