Discovering the space from another point of view

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Through representations of planets visitors could size sizes and distances.
  
Nadia Politis


Report: Nadia Politis

11, April 2018

The invitation was to discover the universe under a different perspective in the context of the commemoration of the "Day of Astronomy 2018" organized by CONICYT (National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research in Chile). Under this slogan, the ALMA radio telescope, the Magallanes Giant Telescope (GMTO), SOCHIAS (Chilean Society of Astronomy) and the UPD Astronomy Nucleus joined to participate in the exhibition "The Universe with all the senses".

 

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The work between organizations tried to reach all kinds of audiences. In the picture, Valentina Rodríguez
communications coordinator of GMTO in Chile.

Hundreds of visitors came to the Pablo Neruda Hall in the "Quinta Normal" subway station, including children, teenagers and adults. Although the general public was also called to experience this activity- while their eyes were covered they heard about astronomy, space traveling, and disability- the most enthusiastic ones were the students of the Santa Lucia School of Blind People, which for first time could get an idea about the dimension of the size of planets like Earth in relation to Saturn or the Sun.

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The free activity led to students from the Santa Lucia School for Blind People . In the picture Erika Labbé, from the UDP Astronomy Nucleus, shares her experiences with visitors.
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Visitors were invited to cover their eyes and imagine the shape of the planets only by touching the objects.
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Luis Chavarría, Director of Astronomy Program at CONICYT, directed the science communication talks around several questions originated after the exhibition
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The models of the moon were designed to help to visualize some craters of the Earth's natural satellite.
Photo of Brian Halligan
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The initiative was thought for this type of groups, to demonstrate that a science areas such as astronomy are also accessible to blind people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2010 the estimated number of people with visual impairment world-wide reached 285 million, of which 39 million were blind. While it is estimated that 82% of all people with blindness are older than 50 years. Reducing visual disabilities by 25% by 2019 was the goal imposed by the international organization, while in Chile the National Disability Service (SENADIS) is one of the main agencies that promotes equal opportunities and social inclusion for people with disabilities.

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Paulina Troncoso, PhD. Sapienza di Roma, Vice President of SOCHIAS and academic at Universidad Autónoma, participated guiding the participants and answering questions.

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In the photo Jorge Muñoz, Pedagogical director at the School of Astronauts project and specialist in Astronomy Didactics, guides the visit.
 
Nadia Politis
Report: Nadia Politis
Photos CONICYT/GMTO

11, April 2018

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The invitation was to discover the universe with another perspective and in the middle of the commemoration of the "Day of Astronomy 2018" organized by CONICYT (National Commission of Scientific and Technological Research in Chile).