The ASTROBAZA (Astrobase) project has been inspired by the Self-Government of the Kujawsko – Pomorskie Voivodeship. The initiative to build a network of astronomical observatories is exceptional both in the Polish and European setting. We are the first and only region in Europe to have launched an active network of 14 fully equipped astronomical observatories within the relatively small area of a voivodeship.
The Astrobaza buildings – erected on a circular plan with a diameter of about 10m - reflect a typical shape of an astronomic observatory. They feature an automatic Meade LX 200 ACF 14”” telescope as the central piece of equipment. The dome, whose diameter is four metres, is fully automated so as to enable the observers to follow the telescope as well as to remotely control the closing and opening of the dome. Observations which require the use of smaller devices can also be performed from the terrace of the building. Other pieces of equipment include a Coronado PST 40/400 solar telescope, a 15x magnification binocular and an astronomical CCD camera. The students can observe not only close objects of the Solar System, but also distant star constellations and islands of the Universe - galaxies millions light-years away from the Earth.
Project goals and objectives:
- to create an attractive and modern educational offer
- to construct 14 observatories next to schools in the area of the Kujawsko – Pomorskie Voivodeship
- to provide state-of-the-art equipment enabling interesting astronomical observations, as well as computer rooms and digital weather stations
- to implement a content-related programme, to train staff members and to appoint local coordinators of the Astrobaza facilities
- to ensure accessibility to all, especially to the local community members with limited access to centres for popularisation of life sciences and astronomy
The Kujawsko – Pomorskie Voivodeship is the perfect place to realize the Astrobaza project. In our region we don`t only care of the wide astronomical tradition and Nicolaus Copernicus scientific legacy but also at present we carry out the astronomical research up to international standards. At the Nicolaus Copernicus University Astronomical Observatory in Piwnice, 15 km north of Toruń there are the biggest telescopes in Poland- the 90 cm Schmidt-Cassegraina telescope and the 32-m radio telescope. Astronomical Planetarium in Toruń is one of the largest and the most modern in our country. High competence level of the shows and visual-acoustic values for years have made the Toruń`s planetarium great touristic attraction of the region. It all confirms that our region after building the network of 14 astronomy observatories can surely be called the centre of Polish astronomy.
Astrobaza Programme Council is supervising the astrobases functioning and is working on new ways of popularisation of astronomy in our region. The Council was appointed in 2012 by the Marshall of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship Piotr Całbecki.