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

    Only a small fraction of space has been searched for aliens

    In their hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI searches have only scouted an area the equivalent of a hot tub out of Earth’s oceans, a new calculation indicates.

  2. Space

    The movie ‘First Man’ captures early spaceflight’s terror

    At a time when NASA is considering how to once again send people to the moon, ‘First Man’ is a sobering reminder of how risky the first giant leap was.

  3. Space

    Hubble may have spotted a possible ‘exomoon’

    The apparent moon would be the size of Neptune and orbit a distant gas-giant planet known as Kepler 1625b.

  4. Space

    Cool Job: Making stellar connections

    Astrophysicist Paula Jofré wants to find links between all the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.

  5. Physics

    Dazzling laser advances bring physicists a Nobel Prize

    The winners of 2018 Nobel Prize in physics helped usher in new laser feats, such as making optical “tweezers” and creating amazingly bright beams of light.

  6. Physics

    Distant galaxy seems filled with dark matter

    If the Cosmic Seagull is a repository for dark matter, it will be the most distant galaxy to be filled with mysterious stuff.

  7. Planets

    Jupiter has 12 more moons than we knew about — and one is a weirdo

    Astronomers found a dozen previously unknown moons of Jupiter. One may be a remnant of a larger moon that was all but ground to dust.

  8. Planets

    New Horizons data reveal first global maps of Pluto and Charon

    Astronomers have made new charts of Pluto and its moon Charon. They show high peaks, deep depressions and strange ridges.

  9. Planets

    Finding living Martians just got a bit more believable

    What might a real Martian look like? Scientists have a better idea after identifying a buried liquid lake on the Red Planet.

  10. Planets

    Mars appears to have a lake of liquid water

    A 15-year-old Mars orbiter has spotted signs of a salty lake beneath the Red Planet’s southern polar ice sheets.

  11. Planets

    Thick atmosphere boosts how fast Venus spins

    The thick atmosphere on Venus can change by a few minutes every day how long it takes the planet to rotate.

  12. Planets

    Pluto’s heart has dunes of methane ice

    Pluto’s heart-shaped plains are striped with sand dunes. The sand is made of methane ice.