The Author

At Meteor Crater, AZ.

Mike Kelley is an astronomer at the University of Maryland in College Park. He was lucky enough to see comet Halley in the 3rd grade, and hopes to be lucky enough to see it again in 2061. After observing great comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake in the 1990's, he started on the path of a career in astronomy, and has been studying comets since 2001. He has observed with many telescopes, including the 200-inch at Palomar Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and SOFIA, a telescope in a Boeing 747-SP. He is also a science team member of the Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI), which flew a spacecraft right past comet Hartley 2 in 2010. Finally, he is the founder and editor of the Cometary Science Newsletter, started in April 2015.

Asteroid 9530

With extreme special thanks to my fabulous comet and asteroid colleagues, main-belt asteroid 9530 has been named Kelleymichael.

Curriculum Vitae

Find more than you wanted to know in my curriculum vitae

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6702-7676.


Mailing address:

Michael S Kelley
Department of Astronomy
University of Maryland
College Park MD 20742-2421

Office: 1207B CSS (wing 2, marked in red)
Phone: 301-405-3796


Observatories I have visited or used for science.


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