Giveaway: Another Chance to Win the 2015 Year In Space Wall Calendar!

Still looking for the perfect holiday gift? The 2015 edition of Steve Cariddi’s wonderful Year in Space Wall Calendar is now available to order, and thanks to Steve, Universe Today has 5 copies to give away!


This is a gorgeous wall calendar that has over 120 beautiful photos of space, and is larger, more lavishly illustrated, and packed with more information than any other space-themed wall calendar. It’s a huge 16 in. x 22 in. when hanging up!

You can read our full review of the 2015 calendar here.

To be entered into our giveaway drawing, just put your email address into the box at the bottom of this article (where it says “Enter the Giveaway”) before Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

If this is the first time you’re registering for a giveaway from Universe Today, you’ll receive a confirmation email immediately where you’ll need to click a link to be entered into the drawing. For those who have registered previously, you’ll receive an email later where you can enter this drawing.

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These calendars normally sell for $17.95, but Universe Today readers can buy the calendar for only $13.95 or less (using the “Internet” discount), and get free U.S. shipping and discounted international shipping. There are also volume discounts. Check out all the details here.

There’s also the 136-Page Desk Calendar at a similar discounts.

You can preview the entire calendar at the Year in Space Calendar website.

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It’s published in cooperation with The Planetary Society, with an introduction by Bill Nye. Our thanks to Steve Cariddi for providing this giveaway opportunity for our readers!

Win a Copy of “Our Explosive Sun”

For us humans, the Sun as seen with the naked eye appears as a static and quiet yellow disk in the sky. However, it is in fact a stormy and variable star and contributes much more than only light and heat. It is the source of the beautiful northern and southern lights and can affect our technology-based society in many ways. Want to find out more?

Thanks to Springer, Universe Today has 10 copies to give away of Pål Brekke’s book, Our Explosive Sun; A Visual Feast of Light and Life. To enter the contest, just send us an email with the subject line “Explosive Sun” and Fraser will choose 10 winners randomly from the all the entries received. The contest is open to anyone, from anywhere in the world.

The book provides a detailed introduction to the dynamics of the Sun and how it affects Earth, both physically and culturally. It includes stunning visuals and
several images never published before. Also included are animations, videos and a PowerPoint presentation as part of SpringerExtras.

You can read a guest post here on UT about the Sun by Brekke.

Thanks again to Springer for sponsoring this contest.

Enter the Universe Today “Wonders of the Universe” Contest!

If you’ve seen the excellent BBC/Science Channel series “Wonders of the Universe,” you know that host Brian Cox’s natural enthusiasm for astronomy is nothing short of infectious. His explanations of far-out concepts bring the mysteries of our Universe down to Earth for everyone to understand… and now he and HarperCollins UK have brought them even closer — right to your iPad.

Now, here on Universe Today you can win a free copy of the app as well as a signed copy of his Wonders of the Universe or Wonders of the Solar System hardcover book!

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Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe is designed for people with any level of understanding of astronomy, from casual explorers interested in the aesthetics to those looking for a deeper educational experience. Users can travel with Professor Brian Cox on his personal tours through the Universe, or jet off on a solo voyage of discovery through the planets of the Solar System to local stars and onwards through the galaxy.

Additionally, the app takes full advantage of the extensive capabilities of the new iPad, using a powerful 3D engine capable of handling high-resolution textures and complex animations created exclusively for iOS5.

Watch a personal tour of the app given by Prof. Brian Cox above.

Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe is available on the iTunes store now for an introductory price of $6.99 USD… or you can enter for a chance to win a free download along with a signed copy of a Wonders of the Universe or Wonders of the Solar System hardcover book (four of each are available!) by emailing [email protected] with subject line “Wonders App”.

Be sure to put your mailing address in the body of the email, and we will randomly select 8 winners to receive a signed book (our discretion) and a download code for the app.

The contest is open to all U.S. residents. One winner per mailing address. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery of the books. Winners will be chosen by June 10, 2012.

These are beautiful books that are chock full of information about our Universe as well as signed by Brian Cox himself… don’t miss out on a chance to get one!

Wonders of the Universe and Wonders of the Solar System books (HarperCollins UK)

Also, be sure to check out the latest app from HarperCollins UK, Fragile Earth. It uses amazing satellite imagery from all across the planet to put a century of climate change at your fingertips. It’s currently available from the iTunes store for $2.99 USD.

(App downloads and books provided courtesy of HarperCollins UK and Walker Sands Communications.)