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James M. Moran

Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics
Department of Astronomy
Harvard University

Senior Radio Astronomer
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
Radio and Geoastronomy Division
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Contact Information

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St., MS 42
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office: M336, Phone: 617-495-7477, Fax: 617-495-7345

Curriculum Vitae

G2 Animation (from MPE group)


Graduate Students

Most Cited Papers

Barrett Prize Winners

Poet Robert Pinsky on the SMA

Recent Courses

Fall 2013
Astronomy 218:
Radio Astronomy

Fall 2013–Spring 2014
Astronomy 99:
Senior Thesis in Astrophysics

Spring 2013
Astronomy 193:
Noise and Data Analysis
in Astrophysics

Recent Research

The Black Hole Accretion Disk in NGC 4258: One of Nature's Most Beautiful Dynamical Systems Black Hole
Toward a New Geometric Distance to the Active Galaxy NGC 4258. III. Final Results and the Hubble Constant New Geometric Distance
Submillimeter Array Imaging of the Maser Emission from the H30α Radio Recombination Line in MWC 349A SMA Imaging
The Parsec-Scale Accretion Disk in NGC 3393 Parsec Accretion Disk
An X-Ray, Infrared, and Submillimeter Flare of Sagittarius A* Flare of Sgr A*
The Collimated Jet Source in IRAS 16547-4247: Time Variation, Possible Precession, and Upper Limits to the Proper Motions Along the Jet Axis
Event-Horizon-Scale Structure in the Supermassive Black Hole Candidate at the Galactic Centre Event Horizonpwd

Research Areas

Radio Astronomy
Supermassive Black Holes
Massive Star Formation
Active Galactic Nuclei
Extragalactic Distance Scale
Cosmic Masers
Instrumentation:  Astronomical Detectors and Telescopes
Very Long Baseline Interferometers


LANL:   Astro-ph Preprint Archive
ADS:    Astrophysics Data System

Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy
Interferometry and Synthesis in Radio Astronomy, 2nd Edition

A. Richard Thompson, James M. Moran, and
   George W. Swenson Jr.

© 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Preface (ps, pdf)

For supplemental materials refer to
Richard Thompson, NRAO

Selected Presentations

Sept. 9, 2005     The Submillimeter
         Array, given at the
         Symposium in honor of
         the Academic Retirement
         of Jack Welch
                           PDF     PowerPoint

June 18, 2007  The Black Hole
         Accretion Disk in NGC4258:
         One of Nature's
         Most Beautiful
         Dynamical Systems
                           PDF     PowerPoint

June 23, 2010  Poetry, Mountains,
         and Radio Astronomy:
         A Tale of Two
         Supermassive Black Holes
                           PDF     PowerPoint

Oct. 4, 2010    The Development
         of High-Resolution
         Imaging in Radio Astronomy
                           PDF     PowerPoint

Oct. 8, 2010    The Galactic Center:
         From the Black Hole
         to the Minispiral
                           PDF     PowerPoint

July 18, 2011    From Water Vapor
         on Venus to
         Neutron Stars in
         the Crab Nebula
                           PDF     PowerPoint

Oct. 6, 2014    Probing the Black Hole
         in the Center of Our Galaxy
         at Radio Through
         Submillimeter Wavelengths
                           PDF     PowerPoint

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