International Meteor Conference

September 17-20, Hortobágy, Hungary

The 39th International Meteor Conference (IMC 2020) will be held in Hortobágy, Hungary. The location is at the Great Hungarian Plain, Hortobagy area, nearby a village called Poroszlo. The International Meteor Organization was founded in Hungary (the initiative was decided here) in 1989 at Lake Balaton at the 1989 IMC in Balatonfoldvar, which was the 8th of its kind. In 2020 the IMC will visit Hungary for the second time.

The proposed location is at the lake called Tisza-tó, at the area of the Natural Reserve Hortobagy (part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites). The meeting will be hosted by a farm-like hotel, where accommodation, catering, lecture hall are situated together, next to each other (Figure 1). All of the buildings are in 100–200 m walking distance from each other, except some of the low cost rooms, which are in small motels around 20 minutes walking distance.

The organizer is the Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (CSFK) working on several meteor astronomy related topics, including the running of fireball camera observations, lunar impact flash monitoring, infrasound system searching for atmospheric blasts, and laboratory based analysis of meteorites. There is a long tradition on asteroid observations, which are connected to sporadic meteors and comet observations related to meteor showers. Direct and close link exists between CSFK and the Hungarian Astronomical Association, the main amateur astronomy oriented organization in Hungary covering meteor observations.

The conference site can be reached by 1.5 hour driving from Budapest. For persons arriving to the airport, a shuttle service will be provided. Further details will be available online at the IMO website in this autumn, and in future issues of WGN.

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We are looking forward to seeing you in Hungary!
The Local Organization Committee.