Centre for Astronomy (CfA) is a part of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics of the Nicolaus Copernicus University. It was created by merging Toruń Radio Astronomy Observatory (TRAO) with the Institute of Astronomy (IA) on January 1st 1997. It is located at Piwnice, 15 km north of Toruń, Poland. Centre for Astronomy consists of two departments: the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Department of Radioastronomy.
Department of Radio Astronomy is a part of Centre for Astronomy at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. The main instrument of the Department is a 32-metre radio telescope, a unique structure of this kind in Central-Eastern Europe. The telescope is a vital element of the European VLBI Network. Research groups at the Department are involved in several international scientific and development projects. The major research activities of the Department are studies of quasars, radio galaxies, interstellar masers, solar and extra-solar planetary systems.