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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Hubble Telescope Shows Our Amazing Space Through Tactile Astronomy

Amazing Space is the Formal Education Group of the Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach. They promote the science and majestic beauty of the universe for use in the classroom.

The materials they develop for educators and learners of all ages are accurate, classroom-friendly, visually appealing, and carefully crafted to adhere to accepted educational standards.

By producing and sharing classroom resources based on the Hubble Space Telescope's greatest discoveries, it is the sincere hope that young people will enjoy learning about the universe we inhabit... and perhaps pursue an even greater understanding of it in the future.

Amazing Space has earned accolades for its incisive and creative approach. One of the cool things you'll find on this site is their Tactile Astronomy page.

Tactile Astronomy supports their efforts to bring the wonders of the universe to everyone, regardless of their visual ability. This section of Amazing Space includes "Images of the Month", monthly postings of the latest Hubble images designed to be downloaded and printed on a thermal paper expansion machine, thus allowing the visually impaired to feel what they cannot see. These specially prepared PDFs of Hubble images include text that describes the featured celestial object and what astronomers are learning about it.

In addition, there is a "special projects" section that currently features the limited-edition Tactile Carina Nebula booklet, a 17-by-11–inch color image embossed with lines, slashes, and other markings that correspond to objects within the nebula’s fantasy landscape of bubbles, valleys, mountains, and pillars.

Click this link to visit Tactile Astronomy.
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