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. computer simulation of the universe
    Astronomy

    How to make the cosmic web give up the matter it’s hiding

    Half the ordinary matter in the universe is unaccounted for. Astronomers may now have a new way to see it spanning the space between galaxies.

  2. Astronomy

    David Kipping seeks new and unexpected worlds

    Astronomer David Kipping became “the moon guy” by deciding no idea is too crazy.

  3. hazy Pluto
    Astronomy

    Why it’s good news that Pluto doesn’t have rings

    The New Horizons team searched for rings around Pluto, and found nothing. That suggests the spacecraft’s next destination might be ring-free too.

  4. Weiss, Thorne, Barish
    Physics

    Trio wins physics Nobel Prize for gravitational wave detection

    Pioneers of LIGO collaboration win for finding spacetime ripples from two spiraling black holes.

  5. Phoenicid meteor shower
    Astronomy

    How a meteor shower helped solve the case of the vanishing comet

    A missing comet has been linked to a long-lost meteor shower, helping astronomers recover both.

  6. Arecibo Observatory
    Astronomy

    New questions about Arecibo’s future swirl in the wake of Hurricane Maria

    The iconic Arecibo Observatory was damaged in Hurricane Maria, but not as much as originally thought. But its funding is still in doubt.

  7. Cepheus B
    Astronomy

    Ice in space might flow like honey and bubble like champagne

    Zapping simulated space ice with imitation starlight makes the ice act more like a liquid than a solid, meaning similar ices in space might be good places for organic chemistry.

  8. Pierre Auger Observatory
    Astronomy

    Ultrahigh energy cosmic rays come from outside the Milky Way

    The biggest cosmic ray haul ever points toward other galaxies as the source of the rays, not our own.

  9. Illustration of Cassini's death
    Astronomy

    R.I.P. Cassini

    After 20 years, nearly 300 orbits and pioneering discoveries, the Cassini spacecraft plunges to its death in Saturn’s atmosphere — taking data until its very last breath.

  10. Saturn's G Ring
    Astronomy

    These are Cassini’s parting shots of the Saturn system

    In its last hours before plunging into Saturn’s atmosphere, the Cassini spacecraft turned its cameras to some of the system’s well-known features.

  11. Titan's lake region
    Astronomy

    So long, Titan. Cassini snaps parting pics of Saturn’s largest moon

    The last swing past Saturn’s largest moon sent Cassini heading directly towards the planet — and showed how future spacecraft will explore other moons.

  12. SDO image of sun
    Astronomy

    The sun’s strongest flare in 11 years might help explain a solar paradox

    The sun tends to release its biggest flares at the ends of solar cycles — and we might finally be able to test why.