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HUN-REN Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences

The basic task of the HUN-REN Research Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences includes research on astronomy and Earth sciences (geography, geology, geochemistry, geophysics), conducting basic (exploratory) research, the preparation and publication of research results for application, conducting the theoretical investigations, carrying out the observatory, laboratory and field measurements necessary for exploratory research, the creation of scientific devices and methods, scientific analysis and publication of data, the maintenance of observatories and establishing new observatories if necessary.

The complex interactive scientific centre of the Svábhegy Observatory was opened to the general public at the Normafa site of the Centre in 2019. It features the largest, completely restored historic telescope in Hungary, gives lectures and provides views of the sky during the day and the night.


  • Geographical Institute
  • Institute for Geological and Geochemical Research
  • Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomical Institute