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. Buzz Aldrin on the moon
    Planetary Science

    Accolades, skepticism and science marked Science News’ coverage of Apollo

    Science News’ coverage of the Apollo program stayed focused on the science but also framed the moon missions in the broader social and political context of the era.

  2. Saturn hexagons
    Planetary Science

    Saturn has two hexagons, not one, swirling around its north pole

    NASA’s Cassini spacecraft spied a vortex growing high over Saturn’s north pole, whose hexagonal shape mirrors a famous underlying cyclone.

  3. Jupiter's magnetic field illustration
    Planetary Science

    Jupiter’s magnetic field is surprisingly weird

    New results from NASA’s Juno spacecraft reveal different magnetic behavior in the planet’s northern and southern hemispheres.

  4. Ultima Thule
    Planetary Science

    New Horizons has sent back the first images of Ultima Thule, its next target

    NASA probe gets its first look at distant Kuiper Belt object

  5. large circular semiconductor
    Particle Physics

    A new quasiparticle lurks in semiconductors

    Strange entities called collexons hint at undiscovered physics among interacting subatomic particles in a semiconductor.

  6. Saturn moons and simulated moons
    Planetary Science

    Satellite smashups could have given birth to Saturn’s odd moons

    Nearly head-on collisions between icy moonlets might be responsible for the peculiar shapes of some of Saturn’s moons, computer simulations suggest.

  7. Jupiter's south pole
    Planetary Science

    4 surprising things we just learned about Jupiter

    Polar cyclones, surprisingly deep atmosphere and a fluid mass spinning as a rigid body are among the latest discoveries at Jupiter.

  8. Cassini spacecraft
    Planetary Science

    ‘Death Dive to Saturn’ celebrates the Cassini probe’s accomplishments

    A new documentary, “Death Dive to Saturn,” takes a look back at the Cassini spacecraft’s 13 years at Saturn and what to expect from its final days.

  9. illustration of trappist system

    Life might have a shot on planets orbiting dim red stars

    The number of planets in the habitable zone of dim red suns, known as M dwarfs, is growing. They’re a good place to look for life.

  10. illustration of supernova 1987A

    Observers caught these stars going supernova

    Thirty years ago, astronomers witnessed a nearby stellar explosion, but it wasn’t the first. Humanity has been recording local supernovas for nearly two millennia.

  11. Supernova 1987A

    30 years later, supernova 1987A is still sharing secrets

    The 1987 explosion of a star near the Milky Way 30 years ago set off years of fascinating findings.

  12. Moon
    Planetary Science

    The moon is still old

    New analysis of moon rocks points to our satellite forming about 4.51 billion years ago, roughly 60 million years after the start of the solar system.