Monday, April 8, 2024

Planet UTSA: Making eclipses accessible to those with impaired vision through the LightSound project

Episode 3

LightSound devices convert light into sound to make eclipses more accessible.

When the moon takes its place between Earth and the sun, completely blocking the sun’s face, a total solar eclipse will be visible in certain spots of North America on Monday, April 8. UTSA students and faculty members are working on LightSound devices, sonification tools that convert light into sound to make solar eclipses more accessible. Their hope is that people with no vision and low vision will be able to enjoy this incredible event.

Joining us in the podcast studio this week is Lindsay Fuller, UTSA eclipse project manager and a lecturer in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy. Fuller chats with UTSA’s John Elizondo about The LightSound Project and shares how LightSound devices apply sounds to the intensity of light as the moon slowly covers the sun.

The UTSA Office of University Strategic Communications demonstrates UTSA’s commitment to research, career readiness and economic development through compelling, multimedia storytelling. Its Planet UTSA podcast is one of several projects in the Eclipse 2024 initiative, which will include a UTSA Today news series about the impact of the eclipse and a weekly op-ed series featuring faculty experts running in the San Antonio Express-News leading up to the April 8 event. Both series will run on Mondays. Check out Sombrilla Magazine to learn more about how UTSA has emerged at the forefront of illuminating projects solving the grand challenges of space exploration.

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