Dr. Ming Sun

Associate Professor - Astrophysics, Physics and Astronomy


301 Sparkman Drive
Optics Building
Room 214
Huntsville, AL 35899
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I have been fascinated by night sky since I was a little kid. I attended Harvard University for my Ph.D. in Astronomy. Following post-doctoral experience at Michigan State University and the University of Virginia, I was a research scientist at the University of Virginia and Eureka Scientific. I started at the UAH from the beginning of 2014.

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  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Harvard University, 2005
  • B.S., Nanjing University, China, 1997

Research Funding

  • 04/2021 - 04/2023: "AGN Feedback Imprints in Two Remarkable Galaxy Groups", $68K, NASA
  • 01/2021 - 01/2024: "Radio galaxy harassment caught in the act", $71K, SAO+STScI
  • 01/2020 - 01/2023: Spiraling into the ``Quotation Mark Cluster'', $66K, SAO
  • 3/2019 - 03/2022: Double bullet cluster A4067, $74K, SAO
  • 02/2019 - 02/2022: A direct Chandra - Suzaku comparison of cluster outskirts, $135K, SAO
  • 03/2018 - 03/2020: Tales of Tails: The Virgo Episodes, $79K, NASA
  • 06/2019 - 06/2021: Updating Scaling Relations for Low-mass Galaxy Groups from the PSPC Samples, $73K, NASA
  • 11/2017 - 06/2021: Spectacular Optical Filaments in the X-ray Brightest Group Cool Core, 40K, Space Telescope Science Institute
  • 09/2017 - 09/2020: The Multiphase Gas in Galaxies, Groups of Galaxies and Clusters of Galaxies, $338K, NSF
  • 7/16 - 7/18: Tales of tails: the Coma episodes, $91K, SAO


  • Galaxy Groups and Clusters
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Supermassive Black Holes

Recent Publications

  • Ge, C., Liu, R., Sun, M.et al., "Chandra and XMM-Newton observations of A2256: cold fronts, merger shocks, and constraint on the IC emission",MNRAS, 497, 4704 (2020)

  • Chen, H., Sun, M. et al., "The ram pressure stripped radio tails of galaxies in the Coma cluster", MNRAS, 496, 4654 (2020)

  • Liu, W., Sun, M. et al., "AGN feedback in the FR II galaxy 3C 220.1", MNRAS, 492, 3156 (2020)

  • Ge, C., Sun, M. et al., "A merger shock in Abell 1367",MNRAS, 486, L36 (2019)

  • Liu, W., Sun, M. et al., "AGN feedback in galaxy group 3C 88: cavities, shock, and jet reorientation", MNRAS, 484, 3376 (2019)

  • Ge, C., Sun, M. et al., "X-ray scaling relations from a complete sample of the richest maxBCGclusters", MNRAS, 484, 1946 (2019)

  • Dasadia, S., Sun, M. et al., "A strong merger shock in Abell 665", ApJ, 820, L20, (2016)

  • Morandi, A., & Sun, M., "Probing dark energy via galaxy cluster outskirts", MNRAS, 457, 3266,(2016)

  • Morandi, A., Sun, M., Forman, W., Jones, C., "The galaxy cluster outskirts probed by Chandra", MNRAS, 450, 2261, (2015)

  • Sun, M., "Hot gas in galaxy groups: recent observations", New Journal of Physics, Volume 14, Issue 4, article id. 045004, (2012) (an invited review)