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. clouds of dust surrounding the red supergiant star Betelgeuse
    Astronomy

    Betelgeuse went dark, but didn’t go supernova. What happened?

    Astronomers are anxious to learn why Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, dimmed dramatically, but didn’t explode, in 2019.

  2. Arecibo Observatory
    Astronomy

    Arecibo Observatory, an ‘icon of Puerto Rican science,’ will be demolished

    The telescope, known for cameos in moves like Contact and for fast radio burst observations, was feared to be on the verge of collapse.

  3. TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system
    Space

    Planets with many neighbors may be the best places to look for life

    Solar systems with many planets in circular orbits suggest a calm life-nurturing past, while single exoplanets with eccentric orbits hint at chaos.

  4. illustration of Mars surface
    Planetary Science

    Chemical reactions high in Mars’ atmosphere rip apart water molecules

    Mars is so dry because its water constant escapes into space. A new study suggests this process occurs in the ionosphere and faster than thought.

  5. Venus
    Planetary Science

    Doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on Venus show how science works

    Detecting phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere made headlines, but reanalyses and new searches call into question the original discovery of the molecule.

  6. OSIRIS-REx spacecraft illustration
    Space

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx survived its risky mission to grab a piece of an asteroid

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft just tried to grab a piece of asteroid Bennu. If successful, the spacecraft will return the sample to Earth in 2023.

  7. NGC 6441
    Space

    A spherical star cluster has surprisingly few heavy elements

    A globular cluster in the nearby Andromeda galaxy challenges conventional wisdom about how galaxies form.

  8. Bennu
    Space

    The asteroid Bennu’s brittle boulders may make grabbing a sample easier

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is about to collect a bit of asteroid Bennu. Here’s why it’s good that new research suggests its boulders are brittle.

  9. illustration of light swirling around a black hole
    Space

    The first black hole image helped test general relativity in a new way

    The Event Horizon Telescope’s iconic image of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87 once again shows Einstein was right.

  10. the libido-boosting drug Addyi
    Health & Medicine

    50 years ago, an experimental drug hinted at serotonin’s many roles in the brain

  11. Magnetar illustration
    Space

    Neutrinos could reveal how fast radio bursts are launched

    Highly magnetized stellar corpses called magnetars may be the source of two different cosmic enigmas: fast radio bursts and high-energy neutrinos.

  12. Akatsuki spacecraft
    Space

    Phosphine gas found in Venus’ atmosphere may be ‘a possible sign of life’

    Astronomers have detected a stinky, toxic gas in Venus’ clouds that could be a sign of life, or some strange unknown chemistry.