Mike Kelley's Astronomy Department Home Page
Title: Associate Research Scientist
Room: CSS 1207B
Phone: (301) 405-3796
Mike observes and models comets to measure the size, structure, and composition of comet dust. He uses polarimetry, dust dynamics, and thermal emission spectra to build a better dust models of comets. Comet dust helps us understand the physical processes that occur in protoplanetary disks. Mike also studies comet nuclei and asteroids. He is interested in their physical evolution in today's solar system, especially to constrain how much they have changed since their formation, 4.5 billion years ago.
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