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I have been with the Department of Radio Astronomy of the TCfA (DRA; until 1996 Torun Radio Astronomy Observatory) since 1972, i.e. when I have finished studying at the Nicolaus Copernicus University. As a scientific worker for some 8 years I have been responsible for carrying out the solar observations at 127 MHz and their analysis (this eventually led to my Ph.D. in 1980). Then I engaged myself in the VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) methods and techniques, especially in applications of VLBI to astrometry and geodesy. Among my other scientific interests were: astronomical time and calendars (see e.g. a sundial design , conversion procedures for conversion of the Gregorian, Julian, Persian/Jalaali calendars and Julian Day Number, and Easter dating), ephemerides of the solar system bodies (Sun, Moon and planets; see e.g. my calculations of beginnings of seasons, zodiacal signs and of phases of the Moon – all till 2030), solar and lunar eclipses and certain aspects of radio astronomical instruments: receivers and telescopes (see e.g. some analyses related to our existing 32 m telescope and an offset paraboloid idea, OptiCass – a new software for developers of Cassegrain telescopes, and an analysis of BBC properties). Of about a hundred of my publications really only one seems to have aroused worldwide interest and firm acceptance: "Accurate Algorithms to Transform Geocentric to Geodetic Coordinates". After Warsaw authorities refused to approve my thesis for a higher scientific degree (defended in 1994), since 1996 I took a position devoted mainly to technical duties. An interesting scientific endevour I recently got involved into is a search for gravitational wave signals – first ever attempt of this kind (see also this link).

Privately, born in 1948, in 1981 I was married to Zsuzsanna Vizi (we parted in 2001) and we have three children aged now (2013) 25 to 31. My hobby are wonderful teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, a great contemporary Saint of South India believed by many to be the Avatar, i.e. Godhead descended on Earth (for more information on Him see these links). If you are eager to know how He answers some fundamental questions have just a quick look at this sample (for Polish readers I propose a variety of translations of the Swami's teachings).


Torun Centre for Astronomy 
Department of Radio Astronomy 
Nicolaus Copernicus University 
ul. Gagarina 11
PL 87-100 Torun, POLAND
  Phone: +48 56 61130-31, -10 
  Fax: +48 56 6113009 
E-mail: kb@astro.uni.torun.pl

MY FAVOURITE LINKS 

General:

  • Polish: Wirtualna Polska | PWN | Encyk."Wiem" | Słownik j. polskiego  | PKP (Toruń 2001 Arrivals/ Departures) | PKS Toruń | TVP 
  • Polit. Wrocław (/oib_doc/oib.html) 
  • Polonia (Kto Gdzie) 
  • Send SMS: Plus+ | Plus Gsm, Era, Orange | all
  • Amnesty International 
  • Olympic Movement/Games:
  • Names: free search  
  • Calendars: Calendarzone | Khayam C. | One World C. | Hindu C. | Printable C., ePrintable C. or Blank C.
  • TeX: GUST (arch) /CTAN (index) | TUG | CD TeX Live (2005PL) | TtH converter
  • Software: Num. methods | FORTRAN resources | Numerical Recipes | Netlib | Mathematica | Ghostscript/GSview | Lahey compilers (Gambit) | Nero | IrfanView | EditPad | Ranish Partition Man | NCFTP Software |Viruses: MkS_vir(PL) * Finn * Myths | Nero | LG Electronics (CED-8083B)
  • Hardware: Hewlett-P. | Optimus | Vangelis | Tryton | Omega | M@K | BitLand
  • Books online | DobreKsiazki | Britannica Online
  • Electronic J's contents: of Physics (NCU/fizyka/kmb/... InsOfPhys/IoPSelect) | Physics News |NewJP |Yale Sci. Magazine | Share Int'l | Sacred | Lucis Trust / World Goodwill Newsl.
  • | Nieznany Swiat | PC Kurier | Enter | Komputer Świat | Chip
  •  Living on Light | Enterprise Mission | Wing Makers *Fake |SETI Home 
  • Hindu links: Sanskrit | Dictionary | Hindunet | Hinduism |Theosophy(books) | Deccan Herald (Bangalore newspaper) | Vedanta |Hare Krishna (Bhagavad Gita As It Is) | Sanjeevini | Shirdi Baba
  • Sri Sai Baba Pages: Prasanthi Nilayam (Radio Sai, Heart2Heart) |Polish: official /private Official: | US, | UK, | Australia / Paddington | Brasil (EHV) | Bombay | Hong Kong | Sweden | Germany | Caribbean | Ukraina | Ramala NL | Virtual RishiKul |Bhajans+Discourses (EngBhajans) | To Hilda | J.Thomas' | Narayana's | SaiCritic | Vahinis + | SaiTowers/Love is My Form | AKumar talks
  • HTML 

  • Quick Guide (local) |HTML5 Doctor | Primer (or this) | General info | Interactive tutor | Validation Service 
  • Local and weather services:

  • Mapa radarowa (or here) |Meteo (2-4d)/Toruń |MeteoTV (Czech) |Pogoda-Onet |Weather in Europe |Pogoda-Gazeta (Torun-7d) | Meteo-France | Local meteo station |Webcam
  • Telescope status
  • Seminars | CAMK | PTMA | OA UJ (Krakow) | IA/CBK(Wroclaw)
  • Biblioteka TCfA | Glowna | Ksiegarnia 
  • Maps of Torun and the region 
  • Astronomy:

  • Space Calendar (JPL) | Picture of the Day 
  • Intern'l Astron. Union | PTA / PTMA (Toruń) | CRAF 
  • Astro daily 
  • Torun: Fac. Phys. Astron. |N.C.Astron'l Ctr (Warsaw: CAMK /CBK) |TCfA: DRA (radio) / DAA 
  • Other Polish university obs's: Warsaw | Cracow | Wroclaw | Poznan | Borowiec  | ZielonaGora
  • Planetaria: Chorzow / Olsztyn / Frombork / Torun / Potarzyca / Grudziadz
  •  Journals and Publishers: Sky &Telescope | Nature | Science | Cambridge Univ. Press | Springer (A&A) |J.Wiley & Sons | | AEON |Astron&Geoph |J.R.A.S.Can. |ApJ | Icarus | Archaeoastr. | Acta Astronomica | Post.Astr. 
  • Strasburg StarHeads(individuals) |Catalogues (or Starcat
  • Astronomical abstracts: Space instr'n | Strasburg 
  • AstroWeb at: CDS(Strasb.) | NRAO | locally 
  • Smiths. Astroph. Obs'y | Handbook 
  • The 9 Planets: Tour of the Solar System 
  • Eclipses: Espenak's | Paths | links
  • Heaven and Earth reference data

  • Time: Horol. | Clocks and internet | BIPM
  • GPS: CNS Systems (Clock) |Trak Systems |A monthly |GPS Time
  • USNO: Earth Orient'n or here
  • NOAA: N'l Climatic D.C. | Prelim.SGD(.pdf) | NGDC | Forecasts/Current solar data
  • IERS: | Bulletins A,B,C,D | USNO's ser7.dat | Ann.Rep. | Conventions (1996/2003/2010) |tai-utc.dat |deltaT pred's (Almanac) | EOPC0x (EOPc04.yy)
  • RGO/ Astronomical Almanac 
  • Astronomical software: SOFA, NOVAS
  • Satellites: Heavens-Above /Geogr.locations (PL) /Hotbirds chart
  • Climate data for Poland and the World
  • Radio Astronomy:

  • Observatories: |Onsala |Arecibo |Effelsberg |Hartebeesthoek |Jodrell Bank & Cambridge (Paul's VLBI) |Bologna (Medicina) (Medicina, Noto) |Metsahovi |Robledo |Shanghai (Sheshan) | Urumchi |Westerbork |Wettzell |Yebes (OAN) |Haystack (Mark 5) |IRAM |Nobeyama |CSIRO(AT) |SKA project (at CSIRO)
  • Geodetic and navig.: IVS |NASA/GSFC GPS /GLONASS /LORAN /OMEGA |Ref.Frame/maps |NOAA |Onsala |Penc 
  • VSOP / VSOP-2 |RadioAstron |Calgary |Penticton Correlator
  • NRAO: WebTrack 
  • | SCHED (freq's, stations)
  • CalTech /JPL : Space VLBI
  • JIVE /EVN | Stations (telescopes) |TOG /Obsolete parts
  • e-VLBI:   JIVE | Haystack | Status table | Fringes / Correlator
  • Observations & Analysis: EVN Feedbacks / sched.asc / .ps / Status Table / e-VLBI runs | EVN Calculator | Sched | EVN arch |Bologna arch (EVN, GPS
  • |FS manuals: GSFC (ftp: ps+pdf) / JBO | AIPS/AIPS++


    Page first posted on 8 March 1996 Last updated: Dec 11, 2014
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