When he is not working Robert enjoys traveling, bicycling, hiking, surfing, reading, and cooking.


Most of my research involves studies of the populations of asteroids and comets in and beyond our solar system. Two of the most interesting sub-populations of objects are “minimoons”, natural objects that are temporarily captured in the Earth-Moon system, and “interstellar objects”, natural objects that pass through our solar system too quickly to have ever been gravitationally bound to the Sun. In the past few years I have become interested in mining asteroids and I work with TransAstra Corporation to explore commercially viable options for extracting water from asteroids.



  • 2018 Spring - ASTR-110 - Survey of Astronomy
  • 2017 Spring - ASTR-110 - Survey of Astronomy
  • 2016 Spring - ASTR-110 - Survey of Astronomy
  • 2015 Spring - ASTR-110 - Survey of Astronomy


Outreach I have a long history of education and public outreach extending back to my high school days.  I have given countless public star nights around the world ranging from the desert outside of Dubai, UAE, to the mountains on New Zealand’s south island.  I have a wide range of public talks suitable for audiences of all ages from children to adults.  My two most popular public lectures are Killer Asteroids and the seasonal Einstein vs. Santa but I can provide a complete list of topics upon request.   Committees I have served on many NASA, NSF, University, and private industry committees.  Some of my recent work is on the

  • NASA Near Earth Object Science Definition Team
  • NASA Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Study Review Team
  • B612 Sentinel Senior Review Team


  • American Astronomical Society (AAS)
  • Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the AAS
  • Division of Dynamical Astronomy (DDA) of the AAS



  • No major active grants but in the past I have held grants from NASA, NSF and private contractors.


Graduate Students

  • none
  • Ben Boe (M.Sc. level research project, currently a graduate student at the U. Hawaii Institute for Astronomy)
  • Toni Engelhardt (M. Sc. level research project, currently an independent software developer in Germany)
  • Dr. Sarah Sonnett (M.Sc. level research project, currently with the Planetary Science Institute and the NEO-Surveyor spacecraft team)
  • Dr. Rachel Stevenson (M.Sc. level research project, current location unknown)
  • Dr. Mark Willman (Ph.D. thesis project, currently an observer with the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope)
  • Dr. Joseph Masiero (Ph.D. thesis project, currently a Scientist at JPL with the NEOWISE spacecraft mission)
  • Max Zavodny (M.Sc. level research project, current location unknown)
  • Dr. Bryce Bolin (M.Sc. level research assistant, currently at Caltech)


  • none
  • Dr. Eva Lilly (nee Schunova) (currently with the Planetary Science Institute and the NEO-Surveyor spacecraft team)
  • Dr. Peter Veres (currently at the Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian)
  • Dr. Mikael Granvik (currently at the Department of Physics, University of Helsinki)
  • Dr. Tommy Grav (currently with the Planetary Science Institute and the NEO-Surveyor spacecraft team)

Undergraduate Students

  • 2020 - Sarah Shores (B.Sc. U.C. San Diego)
  • 2015 - Karen Morenz (U. Toronto, Canada)
  • 2012 - Emily Lemonier (Columbia University)

Robert Jedicke *

Ph.D., 1992, University of Toronto
M.Sc., 1987, University of Toronto
H.B.Sc., 1985, University of Western Ontario
  • Orbit and size distributions of asteroid populations including main belt and near Earth objects, Centaurs, Trans-Neptunian objects, comets, and interstellar objects.
  • over 120 refereed publications as of 2020 May 18
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