- Marc W. Buie
Asteroids discovered: 103 9116 Billhamilton March 7, 1997 11670 Fountain January 6, 1998 20234 Billgibson January 6, 1998 28513 Guo February 5, 2000 31203 Hersman January 6, 1998 32263 Kusnierkiewicz July 31, 2000 34077 Yoshiakifuse July 30, 2000  April 18, 1999 65885 Lubenow December 27, 1997   April 8, 2002  July 31, 2000 Robert L. Millis
- 2 with Amy B. Jordan
- 3 with James L. Elliot
- 4 with Susan D. Kern
Marc W. Buie ( //; born 1958) is an astronomer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and went on to get a B.S. in Physics from Louisiana State University in 1980. After that he switched fields and earned his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1984. Dr. Buie was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii from 1985 to 1988. From 1988 to 1991, he worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute where he played a key role in the planning and scheduling of the first planetary observations ever made by the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Buie joined the staff at Lowell Observatory in 1991.
Pluto has been a central theme of Buie's research ever since 1983. His first result was to prove that the methane visible on Pluto was on its surface and not part of its atmosphere. Since then he has worked on albedo maps of the surface, composition maps of Pluto and Charon, refinement of the orbits of Charon and even the newly discovered satellites, measurements of the structure of the atmosphere, and other measurements of the properties of the surfaces of Pluto and Charon, just to name a few. He is also one of the co-discoverers of Pluto's newly discovered moons, Nix and Hydra (Pluto II and Pluto III)
He has been working with the Deep Ecliptic Survey team who have been responsible for the discovery of over 1,000 of these distant objects. Beyond the work of just locating these objects, he works to develop a better picture of the structure and nature of these objects. A spin-off project from this work is his participation in a project to locate a Kuiper Belt object that is within the range of the New Horizons mission once it passes by Pluto.
In addition to his research into all aspects of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, Buie also works on studying transitional objects like (2060) Chiron and (5145) Pholus and occasionally comets, such as the recent Deep impact mission that went to Comet Tempel 1. In an effort closer to home, he also studies near-Earth asteroids to try to understand more about these potentially dangerous solar system neighbors. Most of these research efforts involve the use of Lowell Observatory telescopes in addition to occasional use of the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. He is also active in the development of state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation having just completed the construction of an infrared imaging spectrograph, Mimir, in collaboration with Dan Clemens of Boston University.
Buie is a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and its Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the International Astronomical Union (IAU), and the International Dark-Sky Association.
The asteroid 7553 Buie was named in his honor.
Marc Buie is profiled as part of an article in Air & Space Smithsonian Magazine, June/July 1996 issue, p 60. The article titled "Pluto's Portrait - Even the mighty Hubble has to strain to see this tiny, distant planet." Portrait of Marc Buie by Dan Coogan http://www.cooganphoto.com/buie.html
- Schmadel, Lutz D.: Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. 5th ed. Springer, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-540-00238-3 [Preview at Google Book Search
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