Lisa Grossman

Astronomy Writer, Science News

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. Physics

    Dazzling laser advances bring physicists a Nobel Prize

    The winners of 2018 Nobel Prize in physics helped usher in new laser feats, such as making optical “tweezers” and creating amazingly bright beams of light.

  2. Physics

    Distant galaxy seems filled with dark matter

    If the Cosmic Seagull is a repository for dark matter, it will be the most distant galaxy to be filled with mysterious stuff.

  3. Planets

    Jupiter has 12 more moons than we knew about — and one is a weirdo

    Astronomers found a dozen previously unknown moons of Jupiter. One may be a remnant of a larger moon that was all but ground to dust.

  4. Planets

    New Horizons data reveal first global maps of Pluto and Charon

    Astronomers have made new charts of Pluto and its moon Charon. They show high peaks, deep depressions and strange ridges.

  5. Planets

    Finding living Martians just got a bit more believable

    What might a real Martian look like? Scientists have a better idea after identifying a buried liquid lake on the Red Planet.

  6. Planets

    Mars appears to have a lake of liquid water

    A 15-year-old Mars orbiter has spotted signs of a salty lake beneath the Red Planet’s southern polar ice sheets.

  7. Planets

    Thick atmosphere boosts how fast Venus spins

    The thick atmosphere on Venus can change by a few minutes every day how long it takes the planet to rotate.

  8. Planets

    Pluto’s heart has dunes of methane ice

    Pluto’s heart-shaped plains are striped with sand dunes. The sand is made of methane ice.

  9. Chemistry

    Diamonds and more suggest unusual origins for asteroids

    Inside a meteorite, scientists found sulfur and iron wrapped in tiny diamonds. Those gems hint the rock formed inside a long-lost planet.

  10. Planets

    Uranus has stinky clouds

    Hydrogen sulfide makes Uranus reek of rotten eggs.