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.
In 2021, based on the system I use at work, I developed a free public web-based version. There are two main ways to use this website:
- Anyone can browse the website to view feeds and learn about them. Links are provided to each individual source for more information.
- Anyone setting up a public display can 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.
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.