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. blurry illustration of the exoplanet Wasp-39 b with its star in the background

    The James Webb telescope spotted CO2 in an exoplanet’s atmosphere

    The first definitive detection of the gas on a world in another solar system paves the way for detections in planets that are more Earthlike.

  2. NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and the Orion spacecraft preparing to launch against a hazy sky

    NASA’s Artemis I mission sets the stage for our return to the moon

    The launch, scheduled for August 29, will test many aspects of the rocket, capsule and spacesuits that will take astronauts back to the moon.

  3. Comet Leonard streaking across the night sky, with a greenish tinge at its head
    Planetary Science

    Oort cloud comets may spin themselves to death

    How icy objects from the solar system’s fringe break up as they near the sun is a long-standing mystery. One astronomer now thinks he has an answer.

  4. image of a bright red star on the left (Betelgeuse) amid the rest of the constellation Orion (other stars in blue)

    Over time, Betelgeuse changed color. Now it’s also lost its rhythm

    A recent upset to the star’s variability and ancient records that describe the red star as yellow tell a tale of a star that is no stranger to change.

  5. image of the Cartwheel Galaxy taken by JWST

    A new James Webb telescope image reveals a galactic collision’s aftermath

    Bright and dusty spokes of star formation connect the Cartwheel Galaxy’s inner and outer rings in a new image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

  6. JWST deep field image of SMACS 0723 with lots of galaxies visible

    How James Webb Space Telescope data have already revealed surprises

    A distant galaxy cluster’s violent past and the onset of star formation in the more remote universe lie buried in the observatory’s first image.

  7. gamma-ray image of the Milky Way with fermi bubbles in purple and the disk in blue

    Clouds in the Milky Way’s plasma bubbles came from the starry disk — and far beyond

    Gas clouds in the Fermi bubbles have a wide range of chemical compositions, suggesting some may have been ripped from other galaxies.

  8. Hubble image of a cluster of galaxies with an inset image of galaxy MACS1149-JD1

    The most distant rotating galaxy hails from 13.3 billion years ago

    Astronomers have spotted a rotating galaxy whose light comes from just 500 million years after the Big Bang.

  9. thousands of distant galaxies captured by the James Webb Space Telescope

    Here are the James Webb Space Telescope’s stunning first pictures

    President Biden revealed the NASA telescope's image of ancient galaxies whose light has been traveling 13 billion years to reach us.

  10. a brown dwarf, a failed star, illustrated against a black background

    Sand clouds are common in atmospheres of brown dwarfs

    Dozens of newly examined brown dwarfs have clouds of silicates, confirming an old theory and revealing how these failed stars live.

  11. radio emissions from the center of the Milky Way

    The heart of the Milky Way looks like contemporary art in this new radio image

    The MeerKAT telescope array in South Africa provided this image of radio emissions from the center of our galaxy using data taken over three years.

  12. Illustration of the James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed

    The James Webb Space Telescope has reached its new home at last

    The most powerful telescope ever launched still has a long to-do list before it can start doing science.