Hello, my name is Dave Owen, AKA "Space Dave" of Te Awamutu, New Zealand. I'm the creator of Te Awamutu Space Centre, a space museum and education centre.
When I made the space centre, I developed a system to display live feeds from various sources. These feeds include real-time images, video, CGI visualizations, text reports, etc. The live feeds are among our most popular displays and are extremely effective at prompting questions and learning opportunities.
"Space Dave's Universe Monitor" is a new project in 2021. Based on the system I use at work, I'm developing a free public web-based version.
I imagine two main ways to use this website:
- Anyone can browse the website to view feeds and learn about them. I plan to add lots of information about the science behind each type of feed. Links are provided to each individual source for more information.
- Anyone setting up a public display will be able to use the feeds here (conditions may apply, depending on the source's permission structure). I plan to add features that make it easy to create custom displays for science museums, observatories, schools, etc.
Please remember that I'm in the early stages of this project. See the latest progress report below. For feedback and enquiries, it would be very helpful if you could use this Youtube thread.
Important note about feed sources
If you represent an organization that is considering supporting universemonitor.com, thank you for taking the time to read this. You'll find additional information about how feeds are used, including technical details, here.
I reply on the goodwill of research facilities to provide the feeds here. I plan to continue that spirit by making everything I develop at this website free to use with no strings attached.
Update 11th January 2022
Most of my work lately has been boring back-end stuff so there haven't been too many obvious changes. I have been doing some good things to make the app more robust in the long-term, so I'm happy with what I've been doing.
If you like this service and want to help keep it growing, please consider becoming a Patreon supporter. The Universe Monitor requires an entire server and lots of my time, so it's expensive to maintain.
As always, please let me know if you have any feedback or bug reports.