Christopher Crockett

Astronomy Writer, 2014-2017

Christopher Crockett is a freelance science writer and editor based in Arlington, Va.  He 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. comet 67P
    Planetary Science

    So long, Rosetta: End is near for comet orbiter

    During its time in orbit around comet 67P, the Rosetta spacecraft discovered diverse terrains, organic molecules and a source of water quite different from Earth’s oceans.

  2. milky way
    Astronomy

    Solar system sits within a major spiral arm of the Milky Way

    The solar system appears to live in one of the major spiral arms of the Milky Way, not in an offshoot as previously thought.

  3. milky way
    Astronomy

    Solar system sits within major spiral arm of Milky Way

    The solar system appears to live in one of the major spiral arms of the Milky Way, not in an offshoot as previously thought.

  4. illustration of plumes from Europa
    Planetary Science

    Europa spouting off again

    Plumes of presumably water erupt from the surface of Jupiter’s frozen moon Europa, in images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

  5. mercury image
    Planetary Science

    Mercury’s surface still changing

    A population of small cliffs on Mercury suggests that the planet might have been tectonically active in the last 50 million years.

  6. Pluto
    Planetary Science

    A salty sea could lurk beneath the heart of Pluto

    An ocean more than 100 kilometers thick might hide beneath Pluto’s surface.

  7. Andre Kuipers
    Astronomy

    Old-school contraptions still work for weighing astronauts

    To weigh themselves, astronauts still use technology invented about 50 years ago.

  8. Anna Frebel
    Astronomy

    Anna Frebel digs a young universe

    Astronomer Anna Frebel has discovered record-breaking stars, including the most pristine in the galaxy.

  9. Milky Way Galaxy
    Astronomy

    The sun isn’t the only light source behind that summer tan

    About 99.999% of the light that creates a suntan comes from the sun; the rest comes from the Big Bang and galaxies throughout the universe.

  10. galaxy NGC 6946
    Astronomy

    Vanished star may be first known failed supernova

    A star that vanished in another galaxy might be the first confirmed case of a failed supernova — and the birth of a black hole.

  11. Charon, moon of Pluto
    Planetary Science

    Source of Charon’s red north pole is probably Pluto

    The dark red pole on Charon, the largest moon of Pluto, is probably gas that escaped from Pluto and was then transformed by sunlight.

  12. Milky Way panorama
    Astronomy

    Gaia mission’s Milky Way map pinpoints locations of billion-plus stars

    New map of the galaxy provides unprecedented positions of over 1 billion stars and promises of a detailed 3-D atlas to come.