The City of Arts and Sciences presents the planetarium show 'The heavens in your hands', aimed at blind people and those with serious visual handicaps

Oct 25, 2009

The City of Arts and Sciences presents the planetarium show 'The heavens in your hands', aimed at blind people and those with serious visual handicaps "The heavens in your hands" (“El cielo en tus manos”) is a unique, informative experience about astronomy for all the general public. Coinciding with the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, for the first time blind people and those with serious visual handicaps have the chance to take a great leap to the world of stars, constellations, and nebulae through hearing and touch, thanks to an audiovisual projection system with specific adaptations.

Next Thursday 29th October in the Hemisfèric’s projections hall, the blind people who participate in this activity will be able to locate some of the main objects in the sky using only their hands, thanks to fibreglass hemispheres that indicate them in relief and which have been created by Universitat de València’s Astronomical Observatory. For about thirty minutes, a hundred blind people and people with serious visual handicaps along with those who accompany them will be the first to experience this new idea.

The show’s original soundtrack is multi-directional and is full of special effects to heighten the audience’s sense of direction. In this way, the position of each object in relief on the hemispheres coincides with the direction where the soundtrack is coming from.

The City of Arts and Sciences’ Hemisfèric, thanks to its digital planetarium projector and its multi-channel sound system, fits in perfectly with the needs of “The sky in your hands” to such an extent that it has created an adaptation to the show in video immersion format for this activity to be shown later in other planetariums.

“The sky in your hands” is an initiative which, as well as being able to count on the collaboration of the City of Arts and Sciences and the participation of ONCE, has been promoted by the Spanish coordinator for the International Year of Astronomy, Universitat de València’s Astronomical Observatory, and financed by the Spanish Science and Technology Foundation (FECYT).