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. Astronomy

    When looking for aliens, try finding their pollution

    Future telescopes may discover civilized aliens by detecting the industrial pollutants called fluorinated gases in exoplanet atmospheres.

  2. HK Tauri
    Astronomy

    Tilted binary stars test theories of planet formation

    Tilted disks in binary star systems may help astronomers explain variety of exoplanet orbits.

  3. Parkes Radio Telescope
    Astronomy

    Searching for distant signals

    Fast radio bursts are bright, brief and seem to come from very far away. Astronomers are pointing major telescopes skyward to solve the puzzle of these cryptic signals.

  4. Planetary Science

    Comet ISON fell apart earlier than realized

    Comet ISON disintegrated at least eight hours before it grazed the surface of the sun last fall, new observations show.

  5. Astronomy

    Supernova rapidly creates dust between stars

    Astronomers watch a shell of dust form within weeks of a star’s explosion.

  6. Astronomy

    Rare planet circles just one of a pair of stars

    A newly discovered exoplanet orbits one star in a binary pair and shows that planets can form even with a second sun nearby.

  7. Astronomy

    Star-eating star spotted

    The first Thorne-Żytkow Object, a strange pair of stars where one engulfs the other, has been discovered.

  8. Astronomy

    Rare trio of supermassive black holes found

    Three supermassive black holes residing where two distant galaxies collide offer new clues about where to look for gravitational waves.

  9. Astronomy

    Milky Way galaxy’s dust clouds shown in 3-D map

    A new three-dimensional map of interstellar dust in the Milky Way wraps 180 degrees around the sky and extends over 16,000 light-years from Earth.

  10. Astronomy

    Galaxy seed found from 3 billion years after Big Bang

    A still-growing core of a galaxy in the early universe may help astronomers understand how massive elliptical galaxies get their start.

  11. Cosmology

    Dazzle or dust?

    The unpredictable glow of galactic dust could undermine the biggest cosmological discovery in years.

  12. Astronomy

    Supermassive black hole kills monster galaxy

    A supermassive black hole appears to have shut down star formation in an ancient, massive galaxy.