AGU Fall Session - Evolution and Exploration of Asteroids
Published 12/5/2011 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
There will be an oral session on Evolution and Exploration of Asteroids tomorrow from 8am to 10am, followed by a poster session from 1:40pm to 6pm, at the AGU Fall Conference, San Francisco, CA. Ben Weiss, Linda Elkins-Tanton (both from MIT) and myself are conveners of this session. It will be chaired by A. Mainzer (JPL) and myself. I am attaching the schedule of the session below. We will discuss the recent and future space missions dedicated to the Exploration of asteroids in the main-belt, the contribution of space-based and ground-based telescopes, and new ideas on the evolution of asteroids and... read more ❯

Kepler-10b – The first unambiguous rocky exoplanet
Published 1/10/2011 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
It is done. The Kepler team finally announced the discovery of its first terrestrial exoplanet. A referred journal, accepted in the Astrophysical journal (here) by Natalie Batalha and a large number of colleagues, describes this new member of the exoplanet family. This is the 519th known exoplanet based on the Extra-solar Planets Catalog, but definitely a special one. This... read more ❯

Back from the European snow - Darwin day celebration at Stanford
Published 2/4/2010 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I am back from a long trip in Europe where I visited my collaborators at the IMCCE and at the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon. I took a few days of vacations in the northern part of Moravia to enjoy the snow, see my inlaws and my family and teach skiing to my kids. I am back since Monday night, and obviouly I am completely jet-lagged. So the post today will be short and most informative for the people living in the Bay Area You may remember that on one of my first post, I mentioned the remarkable work of Charles Darwin and how... read more ❯

Some news of the planet Mercury from the AGU Fall conference
Published 12/16/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Fifteen days ago, I wrote a short post on this blog to let you know that I was flying to Cleveland, OH to meet colleagues interesting in space mission design. Without realizing it, this project has been taking over all my time and my energy (including nights of work and thinking) and produced a roller-coaster of excellent and bad news. Because it is still uncertain what exactly it is going to happen I will not mention it today, but I will keep you posted as soon I see the light at the end of the tunnel. :-) Today I will... read more ❯

Undergraduate students, our research needs you!
Published 10/29/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
If you are an under-graduate student at UC-berkeley or in the area, and if you have interest in astronomy, you should know that a lot of professors and researchers are looking for motivated students to help them in their research. Very recently, the department of Astronomy at UC-Berkeley opened a web page which  list all available research opportunities. There are 15 projects so far in diverse field such as planetary science, galactic and extra-galactic sciences, cosmology which propose to use tools such as data processing, observations or theory. Whatever you like you will find a project that fits you. I have... read more ❯

Back from the Planetary Defense Conference - May is going to be CRAZY!
Published 5/4/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I am back from Granada where I enjoy this very inspirational conference called Planetary Defense Conference (see my previous post). I would like to spend some time to discuss in this blog the technologies presented by various colleagues about the deflection of a potential asteroid threat. I realized listening to their talks that the limit between science and science-fiction is getting fuzzier as I am getting older.:-) Most of you have heard already about the possibilities of using nuclear bombs to deflect an asteroid. This is technologically doable but only by an handful of countries. D. Dearborn from LLNL presented... read more ❯

Back from LPSC (what is that?)
Published 4/3/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
First of all sorry for the long absence, since I updated my SAFARI to the 4beta version, I lost capabilities to access and write this blog. So I switched back to Firefox. I should have waited the final version of Safari instead of becoming a beta tester... End of March is a busy month for astronomers who want to access to telescopes. All the deadlines for Fall-Winter 2009-2010 telescope time are concentrated during this period. This year I decided to focus on a few proposals aimed at studying binary asteroids instead of submitted a lot of them. Quality vs Quantity let's... read more ❯

Back from the Physics Diversity Submit 2009 conference in Nashville, TN
Published 2/16/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Dear readers, I am flying back from Nashville, a large city in located Tennessee. This was my first stay in this southern state. I was invited to give a talk about my work on adaptive optics for the study of the solar system at the astronomy session of the Physics Diversity Summit and joint 2009 Annual Conference. This conference was organized by the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) and National Society for Hispanic Professionals (NSHP link) and aims at giving to the students from under-representated groups the opportunity to meet, discuss, and get connections for future job while meeting their peers.... read more ❯

About the Future and Current Exploration of SSSBs
Published 1/19/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
I do realize that I was about to fail already on my new year resolution which was to write 2 posts at least per week on this blog. My sincere apologize for that, this week has been extremely busy. On Monday and Tuesday of last week,  I was a Washington DC to attend the first SBAG meeting. I think you may be interested to hear about what are the future and current status of exploration for Small Solar System Bodies. I did not really know what to expect of this meeting since it was the first time that our community of small... read more ❯

Cryovolcanism on Titan? - Un volcanism cryogenic sur Titan?
Published 1/3/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
I attended the AGU Fall conference in San Francisco 2 weeks ago. I must admit that it is a delight to be able to attend such reputed conference without having to deal with airport, jet-lag and other inconveniences which comes when traveling. The AGU Fall conference is organized in the gigantic the Moscone Center, just 30 min away from my house. Additionally, because I organized a workshop about Io Volcanism just before the AGU (see the website on this link) which took me a lot of time, I did not present anything during this conference. I therefore had the pleasure to wander... read more ❯