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 brown dwarf, a failed star, illustrated against a black background

    Sand clouds are common in atmospheres of brown dwarfs

    Dozens of newly examined brown dwarfs have clouds of silicates, confirming an old theory and revealing how these failed stars live.

  2. radio emissions from the center of the Milky Way

    The heart of the Milky Way looks like contemporary art in this new radio image

    The MeerKAT telescope array in South Africa provided this image of radio emissions from the center of our galaxy using data taken over three years.

  3. Illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed

    The James Webb Space Telescope has reached its new home at last

    The most powerful telescope ever launched still has a long to-do list before it can start doing science.

  4. plumes of water vapor from Saturn's moon Enceladus
    Planetary Science

    Enceladus’ plumes might not come from an underground ocean

    The celebrated plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus could come from pockets of watery mush in the moon’s icy shell, simulations suggest.

  5. The rover Perseverance sits in the foreground with the red, rocky landscape and red-tinted sky in the background

    Spacecraft in 2021 set their sights on Mars, asteroids and beyond

    This year, a bevy of new missions got under way on Mars and spacecraft prepared to visit asteroids.

  6. illustration of NASA's Parker Solar Probe visiting the Sun's atmosphere

    The Parker Solar Probe is the first spacecraft to visit the sun’s atmosphere

    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe crossed a boundary between the sun’s atmosphere and interplanetary space that has been predicted for decades but never observed.

  7. image of the dwarf galaxy CGCG 137-068

    The cosmic ‘Cow’ may have produced a new neutron star or black hole

    A bright, mysterious blast of extragalactic light appears to have spawned a small, compact object.

  8. image of the Ingenuity helicopter flying towards the Perseverance rover with a red to purple color overlay
    Planetary Science

    Ingenuity is still flying on Mars. Here’s what the helicopter is up to

    NASA’s Ingenuity craft was originally planned to operate only 30 Martian days.

  9. illustration of exoplanet GJ 367b next to a glowing red star
    Planetary Science

    This tiny, sizzling exoplanet could be made of molten iron

    A newly discovered exoplanet that whips around its star in less than eight hours is smaller than Earth, as dense as iron and hot enough to melt.

  10. image of the milky way galaxy

    Astronomers have found the Milky Way’s first known ‘feather’

    Named for the glacier that feeds India’s longest river, the Gangotri wave spans up to 13,000 light-years and bridges two of our galaxy’s spiral arms.

  11. image of Pluto's dark side
    Planetary Science

    Pluto’s dark side reveals clues to its atmosphere and frost cycles

    Light from Pluto’s moon Charon illuminated the dwarf planet’s farside offering clues about how nitrogen cycles between its surface and its atmosphere.

  12. image of the Whirlpool galaxy

    Astronomers may have spotted the first known exoplanet in another galaxy

    The spiral-shaped Whirlpool galaxy may be the host of the first planet spotted outside of the Milky Way.