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Hearing the Stars


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How can we touch the stars? 🌌 Hear from Yuma Antoine Decaux, a computer engineer who is on the frontier of astronomy to make sky-watching accessible to all. Join us as we take an interstellar trip with technology. 🚀


Learn more about Yuma's journey in accessible technology in our bonus interview episode, available on Patreon!


"Hearing The Stars" episode art. Pictured is a silhouette of a kid looking up at constellations.


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This episode is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number # 2148711 - Engaging Blind, Visually Impaired, and Sighted Students in STEM with Storytelling through Podcasts. Click here to learn more.


MEET OUR FEATURED SCIENTIST

YUMA ANTOINE DECAUX

A photo of Yuma Antoine Decaux smiling.

Yuma Antoine Decaux is a computer engineer from Australia. He is the Team Lead of OSeyeris, an accessible technology company. OSeyeris makes AstreOS, the software mentioned in this episode!


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If you would like to download AstreOS, download the TestFlight app on iOS devices. Open TestFlight and accept their terms and conditions. Then, on your iOS device, head to the AstreOS homepage and click "Get the App," or just click here! From there, you'll be greeted with AstreOS's beta page and you can download the app. Now go star-watching!


Do you have comments, opinions or requests for new features about the app? Yuma wants to hear from you! Email him at Yuma (at) astreos (dot) space.


Yuma received the Holman Prize, an award for blind and visually impaired people to explore the world, in order to develop AstreOS. Here's the video where he explains what he'll do with the prize!



TECHNOLOGY FOR ALL

You may have been wondering what AstreOS looks like. Here are some screen recordings of the software in action! AstreOS makes exploring the stars both informative and accessible:


Here's a super cool surround sound test of AstreOS in a planetarium! It's neat seeing the work that is put into work like this.


OSeyeris also makes an accessible measuring tool of the future called the Macaron. It's super cool, check it out in this video:


SPACE AND SOUND

There are plenty of other teams working on making space and data accessible for all. As you heard in the episode, you can hear a small change in the data better than you can see it. Check out the Sonification World Chat, which has a list of sonification (data to sound) projects here!


For more sonification of space, check out the work of Matt Russo, an astrophysicist and musician who reveals the secret sounds of space. Here's his TED Talk:




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