This project is solving the Alert-Alert! challenge. Description
'What's up' is a website which allows users to subscribe to daily updates and watch live feeds about various night sky events visible to the naked eye. However, there's more to it. We believe that science and astronomy is not for a select few but for everybody. Hence, our mission is to help students, teachers, parents and those who love the stars to learn and experience the magnificence of our night sky.
Every design process begins with narrowing down the target audience, followed by thinking of a befitting metaphor that serves as the backbone of our website. Our target audience was aimed at students and everyday people, who enjoy night sky events, but miss out on these experiences due to lack of either knowledge, time or accessibility. We then decided that our website would be analogous to an observatory curator. This is because an observatory curator is passionate about his subject, and always has more knowledge about related topics too, and this lead to the creation of the educational side to our website.
Research and Data Collection
Since the primary focus of our website was to create a live feed, we started off with data collection. Our website pools data from an RSS feed and other websites into one convenient location. We then broadened our search to collect information about factors affecting the viewing of sky events and added that to our website. These factors included light pollution, climate change, knowing your geographical location. All this was done by keeping in mind our metaphor of the observatory curator.
Sustainability and Future Goals
What's Up hopes to make use of social media by allowing users to share their experiences and help promote our "astronomy for all" mission. We also intend to add live feeds about other events such as supernovae and ISS location. If given the right resources, we would also like to expand our database to allow live streaming of sky events.
License: GNU General Public License version 3.0 (GPL-3.0)
Source Code/Project URL: https://www.dropbox.com/s/gxmbfgg8zgindl9/whatsup.zip
Site URL - http://220.127.116.11/spaceapps/
YouTube Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CljgRl6p3Bw