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 UC 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. A Black man looks out of an astronaut helmet with outer space in the background

    Artemis missions will usher in a new, more diverse crew of astronauts

    Space agencies are preparing to send the next generation of astronauts to the moon and beyond. Here’s how the next crews will be different from the last ones.

  2. An illustration of an active black hole with a jet of charged particles shooting out into space, a blazar

    Here’s why some supermassive black holes blaze so brightly

    NASA’s IPXE X-ray satellite saw a telltale signature of shock waves propagating along a blazar’s high-speed jet, causing it to emit high-energy light.

  3. two researchers crouched on the ground in a field examining and collecting pieces of the Winchcombe meteorite
    Planetary Science

    The pristine Winchcombe meteorite suggests that Earth’s water came from asteroids

    Other meteorites have been recovered after being tracked from space to the ground, but never so quickly as the Winchcombe meteorite.

  4. An illustration of Ancient Greek astronomer Hipparchus looking through a telescope at the night sky.

    Part of a lost, ancient star catalog has now been found

    Greek astronomer Hipparchus may be the first to try to precisely map the stars. His lost work turned up on parchment that had been erased and reused.

  5. Illustration of black hole Gaia BH1

    Astronomers have found the closest known black hole to Earth

    Discovered by how it pushes around a companion star, the black hole is about 1,500 light-years away and roughly 10 times the mass of the sun.

  6. X-ray picture of gamma ray burst

    Meet the BOAT, the brightest gamma-ray burst of all time

    Probably triggered by a supernova in a remote galaxy, the burst detected on October 9 could challenge theories about these brilliant blasts.

  7. a 3-D visualization of the Cat’s Eye nebula next to a Hubble image of the nebula

    A 3-D model of the Cat’s Eye nebula shows rings sculpted by jets

    The Cat’s Eye is one of the most complex nebulae known. A 3-D reconstruction reveals the source of some of that complexity.

  8. A blue split stream of dust and rock wafting off the asteroid Dimorphos seen after the DART spacecraft mission
    Planetary Science

    NASA’s DART mission successfully shoved an asteroid

    Data obtained since the spacecraft intentionally crashed into an asteroid show that the impact altered the space rock’s orbit even more than intended.

  9. James Webb Space Telescope first deep field image

    The James Webb Space Telescope spied the earliest born stars yet seen

    The stars, found in the first released science image from the James Webb Space Telescope, probably winked into existence about 13 billion years ago.

  10. Saturn from an angle of roughly 45 degrees from the plane defined by its rings. The sunlight casts a shadow of the planet across its rings.
    Planetary Science

    Saturn’s rings and tilt might have come from one missing moon

    The hypothetical moon, dubbed Chrysalis, could have helped tip the planet over before getting shredded to form the rings, researchers suggest.

  11. wide image of Exoplanet HIP 65426 b with four insets showing how the planet looks in different wavelengths of light (purple, blue, yellow, and red)

    Here’s the James Webb telescope’s first direct image of an exoplanet

    Along with spying its first exoplanet, the James Webb telescope got its first direct spectrum of an object orbiting a star in another solar system.

  12. image of the milky way

    ‘The Milky Way’ wants you to get to know your home in the universe

    In a new ‘autobiography,’ the Milky Way tells its own story with the help of astrophysicist Moiya McTier.