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. Ultima Thule
    Planetary Science

    The latest picture of Ultima Thule reveals a remarkably smooth face

    Kuiper Belt object MU69, nicknamed Ultima Thule, is largely unmarred by impact craters, suggesting the Kuiper Belt might lack small objects.

  2. Green Bank Telescope
    Space

    It’s time to start taking the search for E.T. seriously, astronomers say

    Astronomers are hoping to make looking for alien technology an official science goal of NASA.

  3. Saturn
    Planetary Science

    Ring ripples reveal how long a day lasts on Saturn

    Clues in Saturn’s rings divulge the planet’s rotation rate: 10 hours, 33 minutes, 38 seconds.

  4. lunar map
    Planetary Science

    The moon’s craters suggest Earth hasn’t erased lots of past impacts

    A new look at moon craters suggests the Earth and moon suffered more impacts in the last 290 million years, and the Earth retains its biggest scars.

  5. Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx
    Planetary Science

    Two daring spacecraft aim to bring asteroid dust back to Earth

    A pair of daredevil spacecraft that aim to bring asteroid dust back to Earth have reached their targets and are scouting for the best sampling spots.

  6. exomoon illustration
    Astronomy

    The first suspected exomoon may remain hidden for another decade

    The discoverers of the first evidence for a moon orbiting a planet around a distant star are still trying to confirm the object’s existence.

  7. Australia Telescope Compact Array
    Cosmology

    A cosmic flare called the ‘Cow’ may reveal a new way that stars die

    A burst of light from far away may have been an odd type of exploding star or a white dwarf being eaten by a black hole.

  8. Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment
    Cosmology

    A second repeating fast radio burst has been tracked to a distant galaxy

    Astronomers have spotted a second repeating fast radio burst, and it looks a lot like the first.

  9. TESS telescope
    Astronomy

    Less than a year after launch, TESS is already finding bizarre worlds

    The TESS exoplanet hunter has spotted eight confirmed worlds in its first four months, and several of them are really weird.

  10. Chang’e-4 farside of moon
    Planetary Science

    China just landed the first spacecraft on the moon’s farside

    China’s Chang’e-4 lander and rover just became the first spacecraft to land on the farside of the moon.

  11. 2014 MU69
    Planetary Science

    New Horizons shows Ultima Thule looks like a snowman, or maybe BB-8

    Ultima Thule’s snowmanlike shape shows the New Horizons target was probably two space rocks that got stuck together.

  12. latest image of 2014 MU69 (Ultima Thule)
    Planetary Science

    Live updates: New Horizons’ flyby of a distant Kuiper Belt object

    The New Horizons spacecraft is ready for the most distant close flyby of a rocky object in the solar system, a rocky body called MU69 or Ultima Thule.