Inspiring Stars

the IAU inclusive world exhibition


April 16, 2018 | Vienna, Austria | 4 pm - 6:30 pm

Inception Event | Location: Jägerstraße 36, 1200 Vienna, Ground Floor


Invited speakers

Piero Benvenuti, IAU Secretary-General

Ewine F. van Dishoeck, IAU President Elect

Allyson Bieryla, Astronomer

Discussion Panel

“Astronomy and Inclusive Participation”

Moderator: Christian Vogelauer

Inclusive Stations

Station 1. Inclusive Solar Telescopes

Both sighted and blind participants will be able to observe the Sun.

Credit: Station 1. Allyson Bieryla; Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

Station 2. Astronomy Tactile Posters

Braille and tactile illustrated posters in English on galaxies, Sun, etc.

Credit: Amy Hansen, Thomas Madura, Kimberly Arcand; Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics

Station 3. Radio Jove -- the Radio Telescope

The radio jove project teaches people how to build a radio telescope and monitor bursts of energy from the Sun and Jupiter.

Credit: James Thieman.

Station 4. Tactile Planets & Moon 3D

Participants will be able to experience planet Venus, Mars and Moon surface features trough touch.

Credit: Amelia Ortiz Gil. Universidad de Valencia.

Station 5. Tactile Light Curves & Sonification Prototype

Charts translated into tactile and lesson on calculations with it. Computer display translating astronomy measurements into sound.

Credit: Office of Astronomy for Development.

Station 6. Discussion Table: Equal Participation in Austria

Station 7. Hands in the Stars

Showcase comparative list of astronomical words in sign languages is now available most utilised in education.

Credit: Sign language astronomy dictionary, Commission C1 International Astronomical Union (IAU))

Station 8. Eclipse Soundscapes

Uses a smartphone’s touch screen and vibrational feedback to demonstrate the physical qualities of an eclipse

Credit: Dr Henry Winter; Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics.

Four symbols mobility, deaf, cognitive and blind, all displaying actions.
International Astronomical Union Logo, displaying the letters IAU (EN) and UAI (FR) superimposed.

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