Lisa Grossman

Astronomy Writer, Science News

Lisa Grossman is the astronomy writer for Science News. Previously she was a news editor at New Scientist, where she ran the physical sciences section of the magazine for three years. Before that, she spent three years at New Scientist as a reporter, covering space, physics and astronomy. She has a degree in astronomy from Cornell University and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lisa was a finalist for the AGU David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, and received the Institute of Physics/Science and Technology Facilities Council physics writing award and the AAS Solar Physics Division Popular Writing Award. She interned at Science News in 2009-2010.

All Stories by Lisa Grossman

  1. Space

    Jets may have sculpted rings of Cat’s Eye nebula

    The Cat’s Eye nebula is one of the most complex of its kind. A 3-D model now reveals the source of that complexity.

  2. Space

    NASA’s DART spacecraft successfully bumped an asteroid onto a new path

    The spacecraft’s intentional crash into an asteroid changed the space rock’s orbit by more than 30 minutes — far more than expected.

  3. Planets

    A missing moon could have given Saturn its rings — and tilt

    The hypothetical moon is being called Chrysalis. It could have helped tip the planet over before getting shredded to form Saturn’s rings.

  4. Space

    Awesome! Here are the James Webb Space Telescope’s first pictures

    The first image shows ancient galaxies. Some reveal light that has been traveling 13 billion years to reach us.

  5. Space

    Wild art? No, it’s a radio image of the heart of our Milky Way

    Eyelash-like radio filaments accent the brightest feature in this image — a supermassive black hole.

  6. Space

    The long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope has a big to-do list

    The James Webb Space Telescope has been in the works for so long that new fields of science have emerged for it to study.

  7. Space

    Astronomers may have found first known planet in another galaxy

    The spiral-shaped Whirlpool galaxy may be home to the first planet spotted outside our own Milky Way galaxy.

  8. Space

    Explainer: Calculating a star’s age

    Scientists can figure out a star's mass or composition pretty easily. Determining how old that star is, however, is a lot harder.

  9. Planets

    NASA’s Perseverance rover grabbed its first Martian rocks

    Two finger-sized pieces of stone drilled from a basalt rock are the first bits of Mars ready to be brought to Earth.

  10. Planets

    Pluto is no longer a planet — or is it?

    In the 15 years since Pluto lost its status as a planet, some scientists continue to use whatever definition works best for them.

  11. Space

    Here’s an easier new way to weigh a black hole

    The timing of flickers in the gas and dust of a black hole’s accretion disk correlates to its mass, a new study finds.

  12. Space

    Huge arc of galaxies is surprising and puzzling cosmologists

    The arc appears to violate a cosmic rule that on such large scales, matter will be evenly distributed.