Mike Alexandersen (@mikea1985) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA) in Taipei, Taiwan (R.O.C.). With a preference for observational astronomy, Mike’s research currently focuses on studying the size,
rotation and dynamics of minor bodies in the outer Solar System (Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs)). Mike is a member of the large Outer Solar System Origins Survey (OSSOS), which has discovered and tracked over 700 object to accurate orbits. Furthermore, Mike et al. are conducting follow-up observations to measure rotational light curves of OSSOS TNOs.
While currently working with Solar System astronomy, Mike’s background is broad, having observed eclipsing binary stars for their B.Sc. thesis (at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark) and worked on archival XMM-Newton and Swift X-ray observations of Gamma-Ray Bursts for their M.Sc. thesis (at the Niels Bohr Institute) before conducting a TNO survey for their Ph.D. dissertation (at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada). Mike’s closest approach to instrumentation was cutting a hole in a webcam to replace the lens with a telescope mount (aka. a plastic tube that fits into the hole meant for the eye-piece) during a 1st year undergrad research project.
When not working, Mike enjoys hiking and playing board/card games. Favourite games include Dos Rios, Gheos and Entdecker (and one particularly addictive PC game, Crusader Kings II).