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 16,006 (December 2014)[2]

Universe Today (UT) is a moderately popular North American based non-commercial space and astronomy news site. Although founded in 1999,[3] the current form of the Universe Today website began on 24 July 2003, to mainly discuss astronomy news and space-related issues. By early September 2005, the forum section merged with Bad Astronomy as a combined site with the BAUT forum. During 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. [4][5]

Emily Lakdawalla said that she relies on Universe Today and Bad Astronomy to "give ... an independent look at big news stories".[6]


Universe Today has published two books, which are available both as e-books and on physical media:

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  1. ^ Slate: Happy Anniversary, Universe Today! March 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "Universetoday.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-12-31. 
  3. ^ Ian O'Neil (23 March 2009). "Happy 10th Birthday Universe Today!". AstroEngine. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Cain, Fraser. "We’re Done With Embargoes". Universe Today. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  6. ^ Emily Lakdawalla (11 August 2011). "The Role of Press Releases in Space News Coverage". The Planetary Society1. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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