Remove All Ads from Universe Today

by Fraser Cain on May 17, 2012

Donate any amount, no matter how small, and remove all ads from Universe Today for life.
Want to show your support for Universe Today, and improve your experience on the site? Become a member! For a one-time donation, you’ll become a member of Universe Today, helping to underwrite the space journalism we’ve been bringing you since 1999. And as a special thanks, we’ll remove all the advertising, so you’ll see a completely clean, uncluttered view of the website. You’ll get your news faster, without all those distracting ads.

And you’ll help us expand our team of journalists and report the news for you.

P.S. No donation is necessary for schools, kids shouldn’t see ads.

What Does Membership Get You?
As a member you’ll get:

  • No ads anywhere on the site.
  • No ads in the daily email newsletter.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing directly to the best space-journalist team on the internet

The only way we can keep Universe Today running is through advertising. Without the ads, we’d shut down the site. But we know that many of you would be perfectly happy to pitch in to help us keep covering stories. We could run the site completely on donation too, but honestly, advertising is the model that makes the most sense to cover our expenses.

As I think of new ideas to sweeten the pot, like giveaways, member meetups, and special offers, we’ll release them to members.

How Long Does the Membership Last?

It’s a lifetime membership. One donation, and you’re set for life – never see another ad on Universe Today. With advances in robots and computer technology, you might be able to live until the end of the Universe, so that’s a great deal.

What If You Don’t Donate?

I’m not planning to create some kind of paywall; non-members will always be able to read any article in the site. There won’t be a culture of have and have-nots, of space and space-nots. There’ll just be the advertisees and the non-advertisees.

Oh, and you’ll probably never learn the secret space handshake (if anyone wants to invent a space handshake, I’d be grateful).

How Much Should You Donate?

As much, or as little as you like. As much as the value you think you’re going to get from Universe Today over the rest of your natural life (and also in your life-extended robot body).

Ready to Donate?

1. Register a free account on Universe Today. You might already have one.

2. Choose a form of donation:


My address is


Drop me an email, I’ll let you know my address.

Again, this isn’t necessary for schools. Just drop me an email with your login and I’ll remove the ads for you.

3. Email me and let me know your Universe Today username and I’ll switch you over to a member account.


Fraser Cain is the publisher of Universe Today. He's also the co-host of Astronomy Cast with Dr. Pamela Gay.

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