FIRST@LICK: The Project
Published 7/24/2010 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
On July 13, I received a short email from Elinor Gates, my colleague at Lick Observatory: "The two crates arrived. I will have them moved into the lab later today." Below a picture of these mysterious black crates. What can we find inside these crates shipped from Observatoire de Paris-Meudon? Not a vampire as you may think, but the parts of an innovative instrument. That's a long story that I summarize  briefly today. During a long stay at Keck Observatory in Hawaii in Janury 2009 (see my post here and here), I mentioned my friends and colleagues Olivier Lai  from CFHT... read more ❯

Keck AO Observations: Multiple Asteroid Systems
Published 7/20/2010 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
I mentioned in my previous post that we observed several known multiple asteroid systems during our last observing run with the W.M. Keck Observatory and its Adaptive Optics Systems. If you have been following my blogs and/or the scientific articles of our group (you are courageous...) you should know that this is the scientific topic which is taking most of my time recently. Today, as you can see if you explore our VOBAD database,  we know 192 companions of asteroids. What I meant by "we know" is that one group announced to have discovered one or several satellites using techniques such... read more ❯