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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. solar eclipse
    Astronomy

    Watch the oldest surviving film of a total solar eclipse

    A short film of the 1900 total solar eclipse was restored by conservation experts and is now available to view online.

  8. Pluto
    Planetary Science

    Icy volcanoes on Pluto may have spewed organic-rich water

    Planetary scientists found ammonia-rich ice near cracks on Pluto, suggesting the dwarf planet had recent icy volcanoes.

  9. solar eclipse
    Physics

    100 years ago, an eclipse proved Einstein right. Today, black holes do too — for now

    In 1919, an eclipse affirmed Einstein’s famous general theory of relativity. Now scientists hope to use black holes to poke holes in that idea.

  10. Very Large Array
    Physics

    Big black holes can settle in the outskirts of small galaxies

    Astronomers have found dozens of surprisingly massive black holes far from the centers of their host dwarf galaxies.

  11. kilonova over NYC
    Physics

    What a nearby kilonova would look like

    Physicists imagined what we’d see in the sky if two neutron stars collided just 1,000 light-years from Earth.

  12. Physics

    LIGO is on the lookout for these 8 sources of gravitational waves

    Gravitational wave hunters are on a cosmic scavenger hunt. Here’s what they’re hoping to find.