The Astronomical Observatory of the Nicolaus Copernicus University is located in the village of Piwnice, 13 km north of Toruń (Polish: Centrum Astronomiczne w Piwnicach). It is the largest center of observational astronomy in Poland. It includes the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Department of Radio astronomy. The observatory was founded by professor Władysław Dziewulski and professor Wilhelmina Iwanowska in 1947. Since 2003, the Observatory has been implementing a world-unique 30 GHz sky search project as part of the European Union's FARADAY program. From October 1, 2019, the Astronomical Observatory functions as the Institute of Astronomy. Students of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the Nicolaus Copernicus University are also educated here. It is also a place to popularize knowledge about the universe and astronomy. The facility is open to visitors after prior notification.