Scotsman reports that Scottish astronomer Steve Owens is on the ball for the blind

Posted: 29/03/2011 |

Today the Scotman reports that Scottish astronomer Steve Owens has launched the UK's first mobile planetarium show for blind people using "star balls" to represent the constellations and galaxies. Mr Owens worked with Alexander Dobbie, a designer-in-residence at Glasgow School of Art, to create the Touch The Sky show. Participants join astronomy lessons by tracing raised patterns on a hemispherical dome. Audrey Ward, 52, a mother of two from Uddingston, near Glasgow, who went blind 14 years ago, said: "I think this is the most fantastic show. "It means I can show off a bit to my sons Kyle, 17, and Callum, 12, when we go on holiday. I can tell them how to find Sirius, and to make their way to the right to find Orion's belt. It's important to be able to join in like that." The project received a grant of £3,000 from the British Astronomical Society. To read the report in the Scotsman click here.

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