Franck Marchis

September 8, 2010

SETI REU students 2010 – "This is the end…"

Three weeks ago was the final week of  the SETI REU students. It was a busy time for all of us since they had to wrap-up […]
August 24, 2010

Discovery of 7 exoplanets around a Sun-like star

Today, a team of astronomers from Europe led by group of the Observatoire de Geneve announced the discovery of SEVEN exoplanets around a southern hemisphere star […]
August 22, 2010

Another flash on Jupiter

Masayuki Tachikawa, amateur astronomer from Kumamoto city, Japan, reported the detection of an optical flash on Jupiter atmosphere recorded on August 20 2010 at 18:22:12 UT.
August 17, 2010

A picture of our home taken from Mercury's orbit

Just a short post today. I am still recovering from the SETIcon. I will tell you more about it soon. An image is worth a thousand […]
August 11, 2010

FIRST@LICK: First fringes! Finally…

Already three nights on the telescope and we still have no fringes… It looks worrisome but in fact we anticipated difficulties in installing FIRST prototype which […]
August 10, 2010

FIRST@LICK: Two nights hunting for the fringes

As I mentioned before, the Grail of our experiment called FIRST, is to record patterns of interference fringes. Using these “images” we should be able to […]
August 9, 2010

FIRST@LICK: first photons from a star

After two long days of work we decided to point the telescope on the bright star called Eta Pegasi (Matar). I remind you that it was already 4am PDT […]
August 9, 2010

FIRST@LICK: Getting ready for the first night

After a complicated mounting of the instrument on the telescope, we spent the entire first 2 days and a large part of the beginning of the […]
August 3, 2010

FIRST@LICK: Mounting of the prototype

As I mentioned previously,  the FIRST fibered-imager prototype was rebuilt and tested successfully in the lab at Lick Observatory. On July 22, we were therefore ready […]