This page collects links to raw and live sources on how well the planet, including its vital infrastructure, is doing right now, potentially visualised attractively. But the key thing is, we want Real Data, from the most direct sources.
Sources are expected to be realtime or at least updated frequently. Mere estimates of things based on questionable inputs are explicitly not welcome, no matter how pretty their output.
- NASA: What space missions is the Deep Space Network communicating with right now
- ESA: What space missions is the ESTRACK network communicating with right now
- Third party: Live new images from Mars InSight
- NASA: What is the Hubble Space Telescope looking at
- JPL: Near Earth Orbit Close Approaches
- ESA: Near Earth Orbit Risk List
- NASA: Size of the ozone hole
- KNMI: (Dutch) Raw 15-day European CMWF weather forecasts for The Netherlands
- ECMWF: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
- note that I think ECMWF has better public data than this, links are welcome!
Also see Climate/Environment below.
- Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management: River flow rates, water levels
- USGS: USGS Current Water Data for the Nation
Leap seconds / Earth Rotation
- IERS: Daily delta between UTC and UT1, or, is a new leap second imminent?
- IERS: Pre-configured graphs for UTC and UT1, but also links to the live movement of the north pole.
Astronomy / solar system
- Third party VE3EN: SolarHam dashboard
- CERN: Large Hadron Collider Status (“shutdown until spring 2021”)
- LIGO/VIRGO/KAGRA: Gravitational Wave Detectors Status, Latest gravitational wave candidates
Navigation / Time
- Third party (Galmon.eu): BeiDou/Galileo/GLONASS/GPS status
- EU GNSS Agency: Galileo constellation status, Notices to All Galileo Users (NAGUs)
- CelesTrak: GPS NANUs - for unclear reasons, the GPS status messages are very badly available from the US government
- GLONASS: Constellation status
- BeiDou: Constellation status, Satellite health
- Third party: dcf77logs, status of the DCF77 “atomic clock” radio signal
- ICAO: Notices To Airpeople (NOTAMS)
- FAA: Notices To Airpeople (NOTAMS)
- FAA: US Temporary Flight Restrictions, Map
- ADS-B Exchange: Virtual Radar
- Please send me your best links for flight plans, but also a better NOTAM viewer or selection of hot stuff
Focus on links that help tell “is it just me or is something broken”.
- RIPE: DNSMON: How are the root, TLD and ccTLD servers doing
- AWS: Amazon Web Services status
- AMSIX: Amsterdam Internet Exchange traffic levels
- LINX: London Internet Exchange traffic levels
- DECIX: Frankfurt Internet Exchange traffic levels
Medical / epidemics / influenza
These graphs are quite morbid (literally) but will tell you if something is going on:
- RIVM: (Dutch) Weekly graph of excess deaths in The Netherlands
- NIVEL: (Dutch) Weekly graph of influenza incidence in The Netherlands
- Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Live CO₂ measurements & history
- EU: Copernicus Open Acccess Hub - this has a tremendous wealth of data, but the good stuff is hard to find. Help welcome!
Power generation, distribution
- Swissgrid: Live graph of the synchronous grid of Continental Europe power (cumulative) frequency deviation
- Fraunhofer: Electricity production in Germany, Electricity spot prices in Germany
- APX Group/EEX: Electricity spot prices in The Netherlands
- Third party through Elexon & Sheffield University: GB National Grid Status
The world abounds in sources of data. There are more databases, interactive graphs and dashboards than anyone could ever hope to understand.
The ideal link for this page provides live data that is relevant to questions like “x doesn’t work very well today, is it just me?”, or “I read about incident y in the news, but I’d like to see some live data for myself to understand what is going on”.
To be of use, a link should not just have the data, we should be able to find actionable stuff relatively easily. So for example, the EU Copernicus Open Access Hub is not itself a good resource for this page. It contains all the data in the world (literally), but it requires a lot of learning to figure out where it is.
However, a deep link into the world of Copernicus showing us a map of NOx concentrations measured this week would be a great addition to the list.
So while we do appreciate access to professional data that takes time to get used to, we need to guide the visitor along to some “good stuff” from where they can perhaps go on to learning all about the resource.
In addition to the above, links to (near-)primary data are most appreciated. Lots of raw data is processed and “improved” by commercial operators, sometimes to function as “click bait”. That is not what we need.