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. Ryugu
    Space

    For an asteroid, Ryugu has surprisingly little dust on its surface

    Ryugu lacks the dust that some other space rocks have. The near-Earth asteroid may hide the fine debris inside porous rocks or eject it into space.

  2. CHIME telescope
    Space

    Astronomers just quintupled the number of known repeating fast radio bursts

    A Canadian telescope spotted eight more repeating fast radio bursts. What causes these cryptic flashes of radio waves from deep space remains unclear.

  3. sunlike stars illustration
    Astronomy

    Stars may keep spinning fast, long into old age

    NASA’s TESS telescope has spotted an old star that spins too fast for theory to explain, suggesting that stars may have a magnetic midlife crisis.

  4. hot Jupiter exoplanet
    Astronomy

    TESS has found the first-ever ‘ultrahot Neptune’

    NASA’s TESS telescope has spotted a world that could be a bridge between other types of exoplanets: hot Jupiters and scorched Earths.

  5. Big Red Ball
    Astronomy

    In a first, physicists re-created the sun’s spiraling solar wind in a lab

    Some of the sun’s fundamental physics have been re-created with plasma inside a vacuum chamber

  6. Chandra images
    Astronomy

    NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope celebrates 20 years in space

    The U.S. space agency has released new images for the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s 20th birthday.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.