All posts by Christopher Crockett

Christopher Crockett is a University of California, Los Angeles graduate student currently working as a predoctoral fellow at Lowell Observatory. His research involves searching for planets and brown dwarfs around very young stars (“only” a few million years old). It is hoped that the results from this research will help constrain models of planet formation and lead to a better understanding of where, when, and how often planets form. Chris is also passionate about astronomy outreach and education and will talk for hours about the Universe if you let him.

By Christopher Crockett on December 25, 2012 in
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Date: December 25th, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : Wolf-Rayet Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description:Numbering only in the hundreds, the most massive and brightest stars known are also among the most rare.  And they make our sun look like a candle next to a searchlight.  The […]

By Christopher Crockett on December 18, 2012 in
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Date: December 18th, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : Parsec Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: Astronomers don’t typically use light-years when talking about distances to stars, nebulae, and quasars. They use a unit of measurement more closely related to how cosmic distances are actually measured—and depends […]

By Christopher Crockett on December 12, 2012 in
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Date: December 12th, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : CME Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: Every so often, the sun unleashes powerful plasma waves upon the solar system.  When aimed at the Earth, we experience a geomagnetic storm.  The astronomy word of the week is […]

By Christopher Crockett on December 4, 2012 in
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Date: December 4th, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : Retrograde Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: Planets loop back in their orbits, moons go the wrong way around their home worlds, and entire solar systems are turned around backwards.  The astronomy word of the week is “retrograde”. […]

By Christopher Crockett on November 27, 2012 in
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Date: November 27th, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : ISM Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: The popular image of space is a place of nothingness, devoid of all matter. But, between the stars, our galaxy is filled with a complex network of gas and dust.  The […]

By Christopher Crockett on November 21, 2012 in
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Date: November 21st, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : Helioseismology Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: Like a ringing bell, our Sun pulses and vibrates, driven by the nuclear engines far below.  Studying the pattern of these oscillations reveals much about the interior of the Sun and […]

By Christopher Crockett on October 30, 2012 in
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Date: October 30th, 201 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : GRB Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: About once a day, flashes of gamma rays light up the sky.  They signal the birth of massive black holes from the earliest epochs of the universe.  The astronomy-word-of-the-week is […]

By Christopher Crockett on October 23, 2012 in
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Date: October 23rd, 2012 Title: Astronomy Word of the Week : Fusion Podcaster: Dr. Christopher Crockett Organization: United States Naval Observatory Link: http://christophercrockett.com http://earthsky.org/team/christophercrockett Description: Why does the sun shine?  Let’s take a peek at the nuclear reactions going on in the cores of stars and how they produce all the matter we see around […]