Universe Today


Universe Today (U.T.) is a popular North American-based non-commercial space and astronomy news website. The domain was registered on December 30, 1998,[2] and the website went live in March 1999, founded by Canadian Fraser Cain.[3] The Universe Today assumed its current form on July 24, 2003, featuring astronomy news and space-related issues.

Universe Today
Type of site
News and articles
Available inEnglish
OwnerFraser Cain
Created byFraser Cain[1]
LaunchedMarch 23, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-03-23)

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]

Fraser Cain - YouTube Channel
YouTube information
Also known asFraser Cain, Universe Today
  • UniverseToday
Created byFraser Cain
GenreSpace, Astronomy
(June 7, 2019)
Total views30,552,688[7]
(June 7, 2019)


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

  • Plotner, Tammy; Barbour, Jeff (2006). What's Up 2006: 365 Days of Skywatching (PDF). ISBN 978-1-4116-8287-0.
  • Plotner, Tammy (2006). What's Up 2007: 365 Days of Skywatching. ISBN 978-0-9782214-0-9. Archived from the original on 2007-02-02.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Slate: Happy Anniversary, Universe Today! March 23, 2009.
  2. ^ "UniverseToday.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  3. ^ O'Neil, Ian (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 (31 March 2011). "We're Done With Embargoes". Universe Today. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  6. ^ Lakdawalla, Emily (11 August 2011). "The role of press releases in space news coverage". The Planetary Society. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  7. ^ a b "About UniverseToday". YouTube.

External linksEdit

  • Official website of Universe Today