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Christopher Crockett

Associate News Editor

Christopher Crockett is an Associate News Editor. He was formerly the astronomy writer from 2014 to 2017, and he has a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

All Stories by Christopher Crockett

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Astronomy

    Black holes may shut down stellar factories

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

  5. Tech

    Shining a light on radio waves

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

  6. Astronomy

    Exoplanet water seen in new light

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

  7. Astronomy

    Kepler space telescope data uncovers 715 new planets

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

  8. Astronomy

    Pulsar pulverizes an asteroid

    The steady beat of a pulsar may occasionally be interrupted by collisions with asteroids.

  9. Astronomy

    Relic of early universe found nearby

    A galaxy little changed since the dawn of the universe shows up in our celestial neighborhood.