Christopher Crockett

Interim Astronomy Writer

Christopher Crockett is the interim astronomy writer. 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. Planetary Science

    Icy planetoid found lurking at edge of solar system

    Astronomers discovered an icy planetoid orbiting beyond the edge of the Kuiper belt.

  2. lunar map
    Astronomy

    Zoom in on amazing detail in NASA moon map

    An interactive mosaic of images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter lets you fly over the Moon’s north pole with unprecedented detail.

  3. Space

    Exoplanet oxygen may not signal alien life

    Oxygen in an exoplanet atmosphere may come from water and ultraviolet light, not alien life.

  4. Cosmology

    Gravitational waves unmask universe just after Big Bang

    For the first time, researchers have seen traces of superfast cosmic expansion and gravity waves.

  5. Astronomy

    Mature galaxies found in young universe

    Inactive galaxies the size of the Milky Way found dating to when the universe was just 1.5 billion years old.

  6. Astronomy

    Behemoth star destroys potential solar systems

    A massive star in the Orion Nebula is evaporating disks surrounding young stars in its neighborhood but some disks mysteriously manage to survive.

  7. Galaxy ESO 137-011
    Astronomy

    Galaxy drags trail of stars behind it

    A Hubble Space Telescope image shows the galaxy ESO 137-001 dragging star trails behind it as it plows through the Norma galaxy cluster.

  8. Astronomy

    Comets collide around young star

    Astronomers detect clouds of carbon monoxide around Beta Pictoris that could help lead to the discovery of new planets.

  9. Astronomy

    Black holes may shut down stellar factories

    Astronomers find dead galaxies loaded with the cold gas needed to make stars.

  10. Tech

    Shining a light on radio waves

    A new device detects faint signals by first converting them to laser pulses.

  11. Astronomy

    Exoplanet water seen in new light

    Astronomers used a new technique to characterize the atmosphere of a gas giant exoplanet.

  12. Astronomy

    Kepler space telescope data uncovers 715 new planets

    Astronomers used a new tool to quickly confirm the detection of exoplanets.