The IAU Meteor Data Center (MDC) operates at the
Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences,
under the auspices of Division F (Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy) of the International
Astronomical Union (IAU).
The MDC is responsible for
- the designation of meteor showers, in conjunction with the Working Group on Meteor Shower
Nomenclature of IAU Commission F1 (Meteors, Meteorites, and Interplanetary Dust); it acts as a
central list of all meteor showers (Shower database)
- the efficient collection, (computation,) checking and dissemination of trajectory
observations and orbits of meteors; it acts as a central depository for meteor orbits obtained by
photographic, video and radar techniques (Orbital database)
The points of contact for reporting the discovery of new meteor showers, and for reports that
establish meteor showers in the IAU meteor shower Working List, are:
Mária Hajduková, Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovak
Republic and Regina Rudawska, RHEA group/ESA ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
Contact: mdc_showers [at] ta3.sk
The points of contact for reporting new measurements of meteor orbits and trajectories are:
Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Tatranská Lomnica, Slovak Republic.
Contact: mdc_orbits [at] ta3.sk
Since its beginning, the IAU MDC database has been maintained on an unpaid voluntary basis.