Universe Today

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Universe Today
Type of site
News and articles
Available in English
Owner Fraser Cain
Created by Fraser Cain[1]
Website UniverseToday.com
Alexa rank Increase 18,181 (October 2016)[2]
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched March 23, 1999; 19 years ago (1999-03-23)

Universe Today (UT) is a popular North American-based non-commercial space and astronomy news website. The domain was registered on December 31, 1998,[3] and the website went live in March 1999, founded by Fraser Cain.[4] The Universe Today assumed its current form on 24 July 2003, featuring 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.[5][6]

Emily Lakdawalla said that she relies on Universe Today and Bad Astronomy to "give ... an independent look at big news stories".[7]


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 2016-10-21. 
  3. ^ "UniverseToday.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-08-02. 
  4. ^ Ian O'Neil (23 March 2009). "Happy 10th Birthday Universe Today!". AstroEngine. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Cain, Fraser. "We're Done With Embargoes". Universe Today. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  7. ^ Emily Lakdawalla (11 August 2011). "The Role of Press Releases in Space News Coverage". The Planetary Society. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 

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