An update about the LCROSS mission
Published 11/10/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Last June, I mentioned the LCROSS mission which was aimed at impacting the surface of the Moon. 113 days after its journey, this event indeed happened on October 9 2009. At 04:31 UT the Centaur upper stage rocket  hit the surface, followed by LCROSS itself at 04:39 UT.  It was recorded by several telescopes located at Hawaii and in the US (where it was visible) and by another NASA spacecraft called Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in orbit around the moon. The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was a mission specifically designed for active sensing through impact. The scientists hoped to reveal the... 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 ❯

Summer 2009 - new students and projects
Published 6/23/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, In one of my first posts I described the group of students who were working with me. Since the end of the semester (beginning of June) my group has changed considerably. I am going to give you an update since I think it is important to acknowledge my students without whom my research could not be done.Brent Macomber who worked with me since September 2006 as a UC-Berkeley under-graduate student, left at the end of May 2009. Over these past 3 years, he has been involved in... read more ❯

Celebrating Science at SETI Institute
Published 5/13/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I will be in my Institute at SETI on Saturday with other scientists to be part of the Celebrating Science event. If you live nearby and you want to meet scientists, learn about our institute and our projects, feel free to come.You can find the details (direction, map, time, activities) on the following link. I will most likely talk about the telescope and instrument projects and my research in the field of planetary science. See you there Franck M. PS: back to ESO proposals - 20 more to go. read more ❯

Videos of talks
Published 2/27/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
A post about videos of talk today...  Last week, I mentioned that I gave a talk at SETI Institute, my host institution on my research about my research in the field of multiple asteroid systems. The talk was recorded and it can be seen on line on the SETI website or directly here. You can subscribe to the lecture video channel (and know when a new video is available) via iTunes or RSS.  With my colleagues at UC-Berkeley, we are organizing a monthly colloquium series under the auspice of the Year of Astronomy 2009. On January 17, Geoff Marcy gave a talk... read more ❯

Talk at SETI today - Tomorrow at UC-Berkeley
Published 2/18/2009 in Franck Marchis Blog Author Franck Marchis
Hello, I have just given my talk at SETI Institute. I don't know why it is more stressful to give a talk in your host institution than somewhere else. 🙂 Anyway it went quite well since I talked about my recent work for the study of multiple asteroid systems. This is one of the most interesting works I have done over the last 6 years. I am glad I found a way to summarize it in a concise and logical way. In a few days, the video of my talk will be available on the SETI web site. All our scientific lectures... read more ❯