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. example of gravitational lensing

    Can the eclipse tell us if Einstein was right about general relativity?

    During the eclipse, astronomers will reproduce the 1919 experiment that confirmed Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

  2. Mercury

    What can we learn about Mercury’s surface during the eclipse?

    Instruments aboard twin research jets will take advantage of the total solar eclipse to make the first thermal map of Mercury.

  3. sunlight in the atmosphere

    What happens in Earth’s atmosphere during an eclipse?

    The charged layer of Earth’s atmosphere gets uncharged during an eclipse, and that could have implications for everything from GPS accuracy to earthquake prediction.

  4. bees

    What do plants and animals do during an eclipse?

    A citizen science experiment will gather the biggest dataset to date of animal responses to a total eclipse.

  5. time lapse of solar eclipse

    What will scientists learn from the Great American Eclipse?

    Between now and August 21, astronomy writer Lisa Grossman will explore the top questions scientists will tackle during the 2017 total solar eclipse.

  6. total solar eclipse

    Why is this year’s solar eclipse such a big deal for scientists?

    Total eclipses offer scientists a way to see all the way down to the sun’s surface.

  7. Saturn

    Nostalgic Voyager documentary relives first exploration of the solar system

    A new TV documentary is a tender tribute to Voyagers 1 and 2, which launched 40 years ago and were the first spacecraft to visit the outer solar system.

  8. illustration of exomoons

    Astronomers may have found an exomoon, and Hubble is going to check

    A distant object may be the first exomoon detected.

  9. balloon practice

    Balloons will broadcast the 2017 solar eclipse live from on high

    Astrophysicist Angela Des Jardins is coordinating the first-ever livestream of a solar eclipse filmed from balloons.

  10. telescope in Argentina
    Planetary Science

    New Horizons’ next target caught making a star blink

    The team behind the spacecraft that visited Pluto has seen its next quarry blocking the light from a distant star.

  11. Ceres
    Planetary Science

    Giant mud balls roamed the early solar system

    The first asteroids may have been great balls of mud, which would solve some puzzling features of meteorites.

  12. raw images of Jupiter's great red spot
    Planetary Science

    Here are Juno’s first close-ups of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

    The Juno spacecraft swooped just 9,000 kilometers above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot on July 10. Here are the first pictures.