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. macros
    Particle Physics

    Dark matter particles won’t kill you. If they could, they would have already

    The fact that no one has been killed by shots of dark matter suggests the mysterious substance is relatively small and light.

  2. Chandrayaan 2 launch
    Planetary Science

    India’s first lunar lander is on its way to the moon

    India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission just launched, hoping to become the first Indian spacecraft to land on the moon.

  3. young star disks
    Astronomy

    Gaps in gas disks around stars may not always mark newborn planets

    New research has prompted a rethink of the theory that gaps in planet-forming disks around young stars mark spaces where planets are being created.

  4. Lisa with moon rocks
    Planetary Science

    How NASA has kept Apollo moon rocks safe from contamination for 50 years

    NASA wouldn’t let our reporter touch the Apollo moon rocks. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

  5. Hayabusa2 touching down on Ryugu
    Planetary Science

    Hayabusa2 may have just snagged bits of asteroid Ryugu’s insides

    In its second sampling attempt, Hayabusa2 became the first spacecraft to try to pick up some of an asteroid’s guts.

  6. Astronomy

    Moons that escape their planets could become ‘ploonets’

    If giant planets in other star systems lose their moons, the freed objects could become “ploonets,” and current telescopes may be able to find them.

  7. composite image of 2017 total solar eclipse
    Astronomy

    How the 2019 eclipse will differ from 2017’s — and what that means for science

    This year’s total solar eclipse is visible late in the day from a relatively small slice of South America.

  8. Galaxy B14-65666 merger
    Astronomy

    The earliest known galaxy merger occurred shortly after the Big Bang

    Telescopes show two distant blobs of stars and gas swirling around each other in the young universe.

  9. 51 Pegasi
    Astronomy

    A new algorithm finds nearby stars that could host hidden worlds

    An algorithm dubbed “Netflix for exoplanets” identified more than 350 stars that, based on their chemistry, might have planets orbiting out of sight.

  10. cosmic Cow
    Astronomy

    The cosmic ‘Cow’ may be a strange supernova

    New observations suggest the strange bright burst called the ‘Cow’ was a supernova, rather than a shredded star.

  11. Antilia 2 galaxy
    Astronomy

    Astronomers may have spotted the ghost galaxy that hit the Milky Way long ago

    Astronomers think they’ve identified a galaxy that hit the Milky Way and ruffled its edges millions of years ago.

  12. center of Milky Way
    Astronomy

    The accretion disk around our galaxy’s black hole has been spotted at last

    The Milky Way's central black hole has a disk of gas and dust orbiting it, astronomers can finally say with confidence.