Christopher Crockett's Articles
- New details about Planet Nine, a hypothetical object on the edge of our solar system, might help scientists actually find it.
- A newly discovered asteroid appears to be orbiting Earth, like a new mini-moon. In fact, it’s really orbiting the sun.
- After nearly five years, the probe has safely reached its target. Juno will spend 20 months in orbit around the planet so that scientists can probe the many mysteries of this gas giant.
- The Juno spacecraft will peer into Jupiter’s clouds and fly in close to its monstrous auroras.
- Four months after scientists announced the first detection of gravity waves, another set of ripples in spacetime have emerged. The new ones come from the clash of mid-size black holes in the distant universe.
- Jupiter is covered in swirling storms. A new 3-D map of the planet’s atmosphere shows those storms start far, far below the clouds.
- At a recent summit, experts discussed the challenges of a human mission to Mars — and how to land a crew there within 20 years.
- Radio waves from a faraway exoplanet could signal intense lightning storms there.
- Ribose, a sugar in RNA, may have formed in space and then rained down on a young Earth, a new study suggests.
- The gale-force winds around one quasar whip by at almost 200 million kilometers per hour. That’s 625,000 times faster than the strongest hurricanes on Earth.