Inspiring Stars is an itinerant international exhibition promoted by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to highlight world initiatives that address the concept of “inclusion” at outreach, didactic, and professional aspect, using astronomy. The resources presented here are part of existing global initiatives (identified and gathered through an international open call issued in 2018). Being inclusive both in its goals and practices, the exhibition develops itself along with the new environments it visits, assimilating best practices from around the world and highlighting different local initiatives, therefore strengthening global ties between the communities.
Tactile grid for teaching mathematics, including the conversion between Cartesian and Spherical coordinates.
Credit: Kathy DeGioia Eastwood (Northern Arizona University) & Wanda Diaz Merced, IAU Office of Astronomy for Development
Tactile Models & Sonification Project
3D Planets & Moon
Tactile Subaru Model
The Eclipse Soundscape Project brings the awe and wonder of the eclipses to people who are blind or visually impaired in real time using innovative but accessible technology.
Credit: Dr Henry "Trae" Winter III, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
3D Tactile Models
A selection of 3D printed tactile astronomy models and associated activities, including a tactile Hubble tuning fork diagram, a tactile H-R diagram, various 3D models of Eta Carinae, and a 3D model of the constellation Orion.
Credit: Dr. Thomas Madura, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley California, USA
Sense the Universe
Inclusive Science Education (Biology)
Both sighted and blind participants will be able to observe the Sun.
Credit: Allyson Bieryla; Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, USA