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. Planetary Science

    The pristine Winchcombe meteorite suggests that Earth’s water came from asteroids

    Other meteorites have been recovered after being tracked from space to the ground, but never so quickly as the Winchcombe meteorite.

  2. Astronomy

    Part of a lost, ancient star catalog has now been found

    Greek astronomer Hipparchus may be the first to try to precisely map the stars. His lost work turned up on parchment that had been erased and reused.

  3. Astronomy

    Astronomers have found the closest known black hole to Earth

    Discovered by how it pushes around a companion star, the black hole is about 1,500 light-years away and roughly 10 times the mass of the sun.

  4. Astronomy

    Meet the BOAT, the brightest gamma-ray burst of all time

    Probably triggered by a supernova in a remote galaxy, the burst detected on October 9 could challenge theories about these brilliant blasts.

  5. Astronomy

    A 3-D model of the Cat’s Eye nebula shows rings sculpted by jets

    The Cat’s Eye is one of the most complex nebulae known. A 3-D reconstruction reveals the source of some of that complexity.

  6. Planetary Science

    NASA’s DART mission successfully shoved an asteroid

    Data obtained since the spacecraft intentionally crashed into an asteroid show that the impact altered the space rock’s orbit even more than intended.

  7. Astronomy

    The James Webb Space Telescope spied the earliest born stars yet seen

    The stars, found in the first released science image from the James Webb Space Telescope, probably winked into existence about 13 billion years ago.

  8. Planetary Science

    Saturn’s rings and tilt might have come from one missing moon

    The hypothetical moon, dubbed Chrysalis, could have helped tip the planet over before getting shredded to form the rings, researchers suggest.

  9. Astronomy

    Here’s the James Webb telescope’s first direct image of an exoplanet

    Along with spying its first exoplanet, the James Webb telescope got its first direct spectrum of an object orbiting a star in another solar system.

  10. Space

    ‘The Milky Way’ wants you to get to know your home in the universe

    In a new ‘autobiography,’ the Milky Way tells its own story with the help of astrophysicist Moiya McTier.

  11. Astronomy

    The James Webb telescope spotted CO2 in an exoplanet’s atmosphere

    The first definitive detection of the gas on a world in another solar system paves the way for detections in planets that are more Earthlike.

  12. Space

    NASA’s Artemis I mission sets the stage for our return to the moon

    The launch will test many aspects of the rocket, capsule and spacesuits that will take astronauts back to the moon.