Christopher Crockett

All Stories by Christopher Crockett

  1. Space

    Black hole mega-burp was truly explosive

    Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, a black hole blasted out 100 billion times as much energy as our sun ever will. One word for that: Wow!

  2. Space

    See the sun in dazzling detail

    These images show the sun as it has never been seen before. They come from the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

  3. Space

    Our sun is neighbor to a giant wave of gas

    The Earth and sun sit relatively close to a newfound thread of star-forming gas. That gas is being called the Radcliffe Wave.

  4. Space

    NASA’s Parker probe spots rogue waves and magnetic islands on the sun

    The Parker probe’s first data is giving scientists a look at what’s to come as the craft moves closer to the sun over the next few years.

  5. Physics

    Magnetic fields may supercharge the sun’s release of heat

    Astronomers have linked flame-like tendrils rising from the sun to changes in its magnetic fields. This may be one step toward understanding why the sun’s corona is so very, very hot.

  6. Physics

    After 30 years, this supernova is still sharing secrets

    It’s been 30 years since astronomers first witnessed the stellar explosion known as SN 1987A. Today, researchers are still learning from this cataclysmic phenomenon.

  7. Physics

    Getting ready for the solar eclipse

    A total solar eclipse will race across the continental United States in August 2017. Scientists and the public are preparing to watch and learn.

  8. Space

    Cosmic mystery: Why are many galaxies dark?

    Dark galaxies went unnoticed until 2015. Since then, scientists have now found more than 1,000 — and there may be many, many more.

  9. Space

    Clouds on Jupiter run surprisingly deep

    Jupiter’s clouds are not just a thin jacket about the planet, new data show.

  10. Space

    Galaxy count has just spiked

    The universe may have hosted 2 trillion galaxies. That’s about 10 times as many as astronomers had thought were out there.

  11. Space

    Smash hit? Comet mission comes to an end

    Rosetta’s 12-year mission to a comet has come to a bittersweet end. The orbiter turned off its cameras, settled down on its rocky home and entered a deep and lasting sleep.

  12. Space

    Lost lander spotted on comet’s surface

    Scientists have spotted the missing comet lander. Philae landed in a shadow, which kept the sun from recharging its batteries.