Christopher Crockett

All Stories by Christopher Crockett

  1. Planets

    Distant world hosts water

    One measure of an extraterrestrial world’s potential for supporting life is the presence of water. The Neptune-size HAT-P-11b fits that criterion.

  2. Space

    Monster collision in space

    The smashup of four clusters of galaxies has sent a super-hot jet of charged particles spewing 2.5 million light-years into space!

  3. Planets

    Distant planet may boast the longest year

    On a planet far, far away, a single pass around its sun may seem to last forever.

  4. Space

    Dead star makes a lens for its companion

    Much like the lens on a camera, the intense gravity of a newfound white dwarf bends light. In this case, it is distorting light emitted by the star it orbits.

  5. Space

    A ‘wedding ring’ in space

    An unusually circular gas remnant of a dead star appears behind a star that’s still burning bright. When viewed from Earth, the pair resembles a sparkling diamond ring.

  6. Planets

    Surprising rings circle comet-asteroid hybrid

    It’s too small to be a planet. Yet this planet wannabe still resembles Saturn-like giants. It’s the smallest solar system inhabitant to, like them, host rings of orbiting ice.

  7. Space

    Galaxy drags trail of newborn stars

    Distant galaxy plows through cluster of others, with baby stars in tow

  8. Space

    Star cluster rockets through space

    It’s the first time astronomers have ever detected a cluster of stars moving collectively at such speed.