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 the University of California, 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

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    What do you call a moon that escapes its planet? A ‘ploonet’

    Giant planets in other star systems might lose their moons, creating new planets. And if moons do go rogue, current telescopes may be able to find them.

  2. Space

    Caught: A ghost galaxy that may have hit ours long ago

    Astronomers think they’ve found a galaxy that hit the Milky Way. The collision took place millions of years ago, leaving ripples in our galaxy.

  3. Physics

    Meteorites may be excavating lunar water

    When meteorites hit the moon, water is released from the moon’s soil. That suggests the moon has water buried all across its surface.

  4. Space

    Some dust in Earth’s atmosphere may hail from beyond Neptune

    Bits of space debris in Earth’s atmosphere may come from the Kuiper Belt. This zone of dust and ice sits just beyond Neptune.

  5. Physics

    Here’s the first picture of a black hole

    The Event Horizon Telescope imaged the supermassive beast lying some 55 million light-years away in a galaxy called M87.

  6. Space

    Caught on camera: A small rock hit the moon

    Photographers documented a rocky impact during January’s total lunar eclipse.

  7. Space

    There’s a snowman in space

    The New Horizons spacecraft snapped pics of the space rock on New Year’s Day.

  8. Space

    China landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon

    China just brought down a lander and rover on the far side of the moon. Let the science begin!

  9. Space

    Quake-scouting lander safely touches down on Mars

    NASA’s InSight lander has just arrived safely on the Martian surface. Its two year mission is to record any ‘Marsquakes’ and other signs of the planet’s geologic activity.

  10. Space

    R.I.P. Kepler, the planet-hunting telescope

    It’s lights out for this spacecraft, after finding more than 2,700 exoplanets throughout our galaxy.

  11. Space

    Only a small fraction of space has been searched for aliens

    In their hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI searches have only scouted an area the equivalent of a hot tub out of Earth’s oceans, a new calculation indicates.

  12. Space

    The movie ‘First Man’ captures early spaceflight’s terror

    At a time when NASA is considering how to once again send people to the moon, ‘First Man’ is a sobering reminder of how risky the first giant leap was.