Surprising discovery: a ring around an asteroid
Published 3/26/2014 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Some may say that our universe is full of beauty, others argue that it is our solar system that surprises us the most, but ultimately I will say that it is the world of small solar system bodies which is strikingly full of diversity. Today's announcement of the discovery of rings around the Centaur Chariklo by an international team of astronomers is a vivid proof that small solar system bodies have not yet revealed all their secrets.  My recent work has made me realize that asteroids (also called small solar system bodies or minor planets) are in fact real mini-geological worlds.... read more ❯

Mercury Craters named after world renowned artists, musicians and authors
Published 3/27/2013 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Adapted from MESSENGER Mission News (March 26, 2013) The International Astronomical Union (IAU) — the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919 — recently approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to assign names to nine impact craters on Mercury. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the newly designated features are named after famous deceased artists, musicians, or authors or other contributors to the humanities. [caption id="attachment_1643" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Global map of Mercury recently released by the NASA Messenger team. The globe on the left was created from the MDIS monochrome... read more ❯

Featuring the Women Of Science #WomenOfScience
Published 3/5/2013 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Today I would like to share with you an idea for the International Women's day on March 8 2013.  If you work in an institution, university, or non-profit related to science, have you taken note of the number of women around you? In astronomy and planetary science, it is not too bad even if it is not perfect, but some "hard" science groups, like physics or computer science, clearly have a low proportion of women in their ranks. I will not elaborate on the reasons for such lack of representation; instead, I propose to focus on the bright side. Yes, there... 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 ❯