Universe Today

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Universe Today
Web address universetoday.com
Commercial? No
Type of site
News website
Registration Optional
Available in English
Owner Fraser Cain
Created by Fraser Cain[1]
Launched 1999
Alexa rank
negative increase 17,211 (April 2014)[2]

Universe Today (UT) is a non-commercial space and astronomy news site, founded in 1999[3] by Fraser Cain and edited by Nancy Atkinson.[4][5] The news can then be discussed on the forums. The forum began on 24 July 2003, and was mainly used to discuss the Universe Today news as well as ask space-related questions and discuss alternate theories.[5] In early September 2005, the forum merged with that of Bad Astronomy combined to form the BAUT forum.[6] The website's viewership attains several million people per year.[7][8]

Emily Lakdawalla, of The Planetary Society, said that she relies on Universe Today and Bad Astronomy to "give ... an independent look at big news stories"[9] and that UT plays a key role in space-related journalism, along with other websites such as Space.com. Several peer-reviewed papers have mentioned Universe Today as being a space-related news website.[10][11][12]

In 2008 the site was briefly banned for about a day from Digg.com, and then unbanned.[8][13] In March 2011, Businessweek reported that the site had lost 20 percent of its traffic in five days after a change in the page ranking algorithm of Google.[14] In April 2011, the Association of British Science Writers noted that Universe Today decided not to make preparations for reporting on embargoed stories until they are public knowledge.[15][16]

What's Up[edit]

Tammy Plotner wrote two What's Up e-books published by Universe Today, which were also available on physical media. This release follows on from her weekly "What's Up" column.

  • Tammy Plotner, Jeff Barbour (2005). What's Up 2006: 365 of Skywatching. Universe Today. ISBN 978-1-4116-8287-0. 
  • Tammy Plotner (2006). What's Up 2007: 365 of Skywatching. Universe Today. ISBN 978-0-9782214-0-9. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Slate: Happy Anniversary, Universe Today! March 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "Universetoday.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ Ian O'Neil (23 March 2009). "Happy 10th Birthday Universe Today!". AstroEngine. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  4. ^ "Privacy Policy". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Contact Us". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  6. ^ Cain, Fraser; Gay, Pamela; Foster, Thomas; Plait, Phil (2008). "It Takes an e-Village". ASP Conference Series 369: 69. Bibcode:2008ASPC..389...69C. ISBN 978-1-58381-648-6. 
  7. ^ Lutz D. Schmadel (2009). "(158092) Frasercain". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names: Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2006 - 2008. Springer. ISBN 978-3-642-01964-7. 
  8. ^ a b Ian O'Neill (27 October 2008). "Universe Today banned from Digg.com". AstroEngine. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  9. ^ Emily Lakdawalla (11 August 2011). "The Role of Press Releases in Space News Coverage". The Planetary Society. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  10. ^ Gay, Pamela; Cain, Fraser; Plait, Phil; Lakdawalla, Emily; Raddick, Jordan (2009). "Live Casting: Bringing Astronomy to the Masses in Real Time". CAP Journal 6: 26–29. Bibcode:2009CAPJ....6...26G. 
  11. ^ Gay, Pamela; Bemrose-Fetter, R.; Bracey, G.; Cain, Fraser (2007). "Astronomy Cast: Evaluation of a podcast audience's content needs and listening habits". CAP Journal 1: 24. Bibcode:2007CAPJ....1...24G. 
  12. ^ P. Russo (2007). "Science communication distribution services in astronomy and planetary sciences outreach". Proceedings from the IAU/National Observatory of Athens/ESA/ESO Conference, Athens, Greece, 8–11 October 2007: 232–236. Bibcode:2008ca07.conf..232R. 
  13. ^ Ian O'Neill (28 October 2008). "The Universe Today is unbanned from Digg.com!". AstroEngine. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  14. ^ Gillette, Felix, "Matt Cutts: The Greenspan of Google", Business Week (Bloomberg), retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  15. ^ Spain, Aisling (17 April 2011). "Embargo system is broken, says Universe Today, and leaves the game". Association of British Science Writers. Archived from the original on 30 March 2012. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  16. ^ Cain, Fraser. "We’re Done With Embargoes". Universe Today. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 

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