Christopher Crockett

Interim Astronomy Writer

Christopher Crockett is a freelance science writer and editor based in Arlington, Va. Crockett was the astronomy writer at Science News from 2014 to 2017. He has a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

All Stories by Christopher Crockett

  1. The star HD 95086
    Planetary Science

    Unseen planets sweep up dust around young star

    A large gap in the dusty disk around a young star reveals what our solar system might have looked like 4.6 billion years ago.

  2. Oort cloud objects
    Planetary Science

    Two travelers from far beyond Neptune return home

    Two bodies approaching from the edge of the solar system may have been tossed out there by Jupiter over 4 billion years ago.

  3. An artist's illustration of Planet X
    Planetary Science

    A distant planet may lurk far beyond Neptune

    Strange orbits in the Kuiper belt revive talk of a Planet X in the solar system.

  4. rings in disk of gas around star HL

    Infant worlds carve gaps in planet-forming disk

    A new image shows planets sweeping up gas and dust in a disk encircling the infant star HL Tau.

  5. faint galaxy

    Nearly starless galaxies found in nearby cluster

    Astronomers have found 47 galaxies with relatively few stars, something not predicted by any galaxy formation theories.

  6. chunks of rock from the asteroid Vesta
    Planetary Science

    Water arrived on Earth earlier than thought

    Ancient meteorites from the asteroid Vesta indicate that Earth’s water was available before planet formed.

  7. long filament of plasma from sun

    A musician composes a solar soundtrack

    Robert Alexander combines life long passions of both music and astronomy to uncover solar secrets.

  8. a full-circle rainbow

    Complete double rainbow encircles Australian town

    A photographer in a helicopter captured a double circular rainbow while flying around a storm near Perth, Australia.

  9. Planetary Science

    ‘Mars Rover Curiosity’ chronicles robot’s journey

    Engineer Rob Manning recounts the decade of victories and setbacks that preceded Curiosity’s landing on Mars.

  10. Saturn’s smallest major moon, Mimas
    Planetary Science

    Surprises lurk inside a Saturn moon

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft finds possible ocean or football-shaped core inside Mimas.

  11. galaxy in UV light

    Nearby galaxy might explain what tore apart universe’s hydrogen

    A local galaxy is leaking enough ultraviolet light to ionize surrounding hydrogen, which could explain how the earliest galaxies transformed the universe.

  12. nova in space, illustration

    High-energy radiation from stellar explosions explained

    The dance of a stellar duo might explain why some novas emit gamma rays.