Marc Buie has worked with world-class telescopes around the globe, from portable telescopes in remote locations to space-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He has studied smaller bodies in the solar system, from asteroids to comets as well as satellites of the giant planets. He also has a deep and long-term interest in Pluto and his work has created the best maps to date of the surface of Pluto by using data from the HST. This work will lead up to the historic New Horizons mission that will fly by Pluto in 2015 for an up-close look. Marc is a co-investigator on that mission.
Marc’s work includes a leading role in the Deep Ecliptic Survey to discover and catalogue objects near and beyond Pluto (called Kuiper Belt Objects). He has worked on numerous instrument development projects from the first spectrograph to a faculty-class infrared imaging instrument in use today at the Lowell Observatory and has published more than 80-peer reviewed research papers. In 1999, “Asteroid 7553 Buie” was named in honor of Marc’s study of our solar system.