Dr. Ronald Moore

Adjunct Professor Principal Research Scientist VI, CSPAR


320 Sparkman Drive
Cramer Research Hall
Room 2025
Huntsville, AL 35899
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Ronald Moore studied solar physics and astrophysics under Peter Sturrock at Stanford University, from which he received his PhD for theoretical analysis and modeling of the structure and heating of the Sun's chromosphere, transition region, and corona in quiet regions and in active regions. He then joined the Caltech/Big Bear Solar Observatory solar astronomy group directed by Harold Zirin. As Research Fellow (1972-75) and Senior Research Fellow (1975-80), he carried out theoretical and observational studies of large-scale magnetic explosions (flares), fine structure and dynamic phenomena in sunspots, oscillations and small-scale magnetic explosions (spicules and macro spicules) in quiet regions, and global meridional flow. As a research scientist in the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center heliophysics group since 1981 (supported via UAH/CSPAR since 2014), he has performed, led, and mentored research on observed solar magnetic fields and their effects in the solar atmosphere and solar wind. From this experience, Dr. Moore has a good working knowledge of the broad range of modern ground-based and space-based observations of solar magnetic fields and their activity, a good grasp of the physical problems posed by the observations, and a good feel for confronting physical models with observations and for interpreting observations with physical models.

From his heliophysics research, Dr. Moore has authored or co-authored 144 papers for refereed journals, 62 papers for conference proceedings, non-refereed journals, books, and encyclopedias, 17 papers published in the form of institutional reports, 194 proposals and reports for research funding, and has co-edited 2 conference proceedings.

In 1995, Dr. Moore was an invited Visiting Professor at the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), the science arm of Japan's Space Agency, where he did research centered on observations from the Japan/US/UK Yohkoh solar space mission.

In 2003, Dr. Moore was awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.

Dr. Moore has served on 30 some study panels and advisory committees for NASA, the National Solar Observatory, Big Bear Solar Observatory, and the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society.


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1972
  • MS, Stanford University, 1965
  • BS, Purdue University, 1964 (with Highest Distinction)

Research Funding

  • Co-Investigator (with A. Sterling, PI), Structure and Magnetic Setting of Coronal and Chromospheric Jets, NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigators Program, 2018-2021 ($524,000).
  • Co-Investigator (with T. Torok, PI), The Role of Conjoined Flux Ropes for the Formation and Eruption of Filament Channels, NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigators Program, 2019-2021 ($519,000).
  • Co-Investigator (with D. Falconer, PI), Automated All Clear Forecasting of Fast-Rising SPEs, NASA Second Heliophysics Space Weather Operations to Research Program, 2020-2021 ($401,000).
  • Co-Investigator (with N. Panesar, PI), Investigation of whether Network Jets work like Coronal Jets, NASA Heliophysics Guest Investigators Program, 2020-2022 ($526,000).


  • Dr. Moore has been a heliophysics research advisor or mentor for 18 postdoctoral scientists, 4 junior scientists in the MSFC heliophysics group, 3 graduate students (2 PhD, 1 MS), and 26 summer students.
  • Observed solar magnetic fields, their genesis, and their effects in the solar atmosphere and solar wind.

Recent Publications

  • Onset of the Magnetic Explosion in Solar Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections, R. L. Moore, A. C. Sterling, H. S. Hudson, & J. R. Lemen, The Astrophysical Journal, 552, 833 (2001).

  • Solar X-Ray Jets, Type-II Spicules, Granule-Size Emerging Bipoles, and the Genesis of the Heliosphere, R. L. Moore, A. C. Sterling, J. W. Cirtain, & D. A. Falconer, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 731, L18 (2011).

  • Small-Scale Filament Eruptions as the Driver of Solar Coronal Hole X-Ray Jets, A. C. Sterling, R. L. Moore, D. A. Falconer, & M. Adams, Nature, 523, 437 (2015).

  • Onset of the Magnetic Explosion in Solar Coronal Jets in Quiet Regions on the Central Disk, N. K. Panesar, R. L. Moore, & A. C. Sterling, The Astrophysical Journal, in press (2020).

  • Coronal-Jet-Producing Minifilament Eruptions as a Possible Source of Parker Solar Probe (PSP) Switchbacks, A. C. Sterling & R. L. Moore, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, in press (2020).