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. Sputnik Planitia
    Planetary Science

    Ice gave Pluto a heavy heart

    Sputnik Planitia, the left half of Pluto’s heart-shaped region, might have been carved out by the weight of thick layers of ice built up billions of years ago.

  2. dragonfly telescope
    Astronomy

    Star-starved galaxies fill the cosmos

    Astronomers are detecting hundreds of galaxies that are almost devoid of stars. There are at least four theories on how they got that way.

  3. Vela supercluster
    Astronomy

    Giant gathering of galaxies discovered hiding on far side of Milky Way

    An uncharted supercluster of galaxies lurks about 800 million light-years away, partly hidden by the Milky Way.

  4. illustration of Swift satellite
    Astronomy

    Mysterious radio signals pack power and brilliance

    The brightest fast radio burst has been detected, while another team reveals a previous burst might have carried gamma rays as well as radio waves across space.

  5. Astronomy

    Interactive map reveals hidden details of the Milky Way

    Gleamoscope, an interactive map, lets you explore the Milky Way galaxy and the nearby universe in many different electromagnetic frequencies.

  6. three images of protoplanetary disks around stars
    Astronomy

    Young planets carve rings and spirals in the gas around their suns

    New telescope images show rings and spiral arms in disks encircling young stars, suggesting the presence of actively growing planets.

  7. Pluto
    Planetary Science

    X-ray mystery shrouds Pluto

    Chandra telescope detects seven X-ray photons coming from Pluto, suggesting that the solar wind runs into a tail of gas streaming from the dwarf planet.

  8. Mars lander impact site
    Planetary Science

    Mars lander debris spotted

    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter imaged the impact site of the Schiaparelli Mars lander, missing in action since its October 19 descent.

  9. Uranus image from Hubble Telescope
    Planetary Science

    Two unseen moons may circle Uranus

    Two more moons might be lurking around Uranus, causing material in the planet’s rings to clump up, Voyager 2 data suggest.

  10. Uranus image from Hubble Telescope
    Astronomy

    Uranus moon count: 27 and rising

    Two more moons might be lurking around Uranus, causing material in the planet’s rings to clump up, Voyager 2 data suggest.

  11. Jupiter
    Planetary Science

    First peek under clouds reveals Jupiter’s surprising depths

    Jupiter’s colorful bands originate several hundred kilometers beneath the cloud tops, the Juno spacecraft reveals.

  12. illustration of Schiaparelli landing sequence
    Planetary Science

    Mars lander silent as mission scientists work out what went wrong

    Schiaparelli lander is still silent on the surface of Mars while mission scientists try to understand what happened during the probe’s descent.