DR. Mikael Granvik


I’m a University Researcher at the Department of Physics at U. Helsinki and a Specialist Research Scientist at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute since 2014. My main research interests currently are

  1. detection of trailed objects in optical images,

  2. estimating the orbital and size-frequency distribution for near-Earth objects (NEOs),

  3. the detectability of temporarily-captured, natural Earth satellites (AKA minimoons),

  4. development of Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods for orbit computation,

  5. asteroid mass estimation through orbital perturbations in the context of large surveys.

In addition I’ve lately been (or still am!) co-authoring papers on mainbelt comets, the spectrometric analysis of NEO 2005 YU55 (which made a close Earth-fly-by in early Nov 2011), near-Earth asteroids on retrograde orbits, the detectability of interstellar comets, etc.

The observational data for my projects comes from mainly two sources at this moment; CSS and PS1. I’m a member of the science teams for PS1, NEOSSat and LSST as well as of the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium (Gaia DPAC).


University researcher

Department of Physics, University of Helsinki

Specialist Research Scientist

Finnish Geodetic Institute

Department of Physics

Physicum D326

P.O. Box 64 (G. Hällströminkatu 2a)

00014 University of Helsinki


Finnish Geospatial Research Institute

P.O. Box 15 (Geodeetinrinne 2)

02430 Masala


voice           358 (0)2 941 50715

mgranvik at iki fi


Last updated Monday, February 9, 2015.