THE WONDERS of the universe may now be seen by the blind.

The book called “Touch the Universe” created by astronomer Noreen Grice and educator Benning Wentworth gives the visually-impaired a chance to discover space through photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

The unique features of this book are its plastic overlays, which will aid the visually-impaired in imagining outer space.

The contents of the book include pictures of the Ring Nebula, Eskimo Nebula and close-up images of Saturn and Jupiter.

According to Grice, she started working on an astronomy book for the blind 15 years ago to help the impaired appreciate astronomy. She earlier came up with the book “Touch the Stars.”

She first worked on the universe book at home, by engraving images on aluminum sheets, and later sending the plates to Wentworth, a science teacher at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. Stephen Roy O. Chua-Rojas

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