Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics

    ...where the Universe is our laboratory.

 The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) looks to the cosmos to solve the greatest mysteries of the universe. Here, world-class researchers and students come together in an atmosphere of curiosity, creativity and collaboration; exploring our cosmic origin to truly understand the physical processes at work in the Universe. From black holes to cosmology, we aim to understand what lies beyond the Earth. The possibilities for new discovery are limitless.


The Gustav Bakos Observatory houses a twelve-inch telescope, which is located on the roof of the Physics building. The observatory, in operation since 1967, has been used for research on and teaching about visual binary stars.


  1. Sep. 18, 2020WCA Professor Michel Fich's project receives a generous donation
    Artist rendition of Fred Young telescope

    The main donor, Fred Young, has agreed to have the CCAT-prime telescope after  him.  Read more:


  2. Aug. 21, 2020WCA Researcher recieves award
    Ghazal Geshnizjani

    July 1 – December 31, 2022, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.  Professor Ghazal Geshnizjani and her co-organizers were recently awarded $250,000 CAD to run the program as well an additional $100,000 CAD to support the participation of women and underrepresented

  3. Aug. 19, 2020WCA Professor Ghazal Geshnizjani leads mentoring programme
    Ghazal Geshnizjani

    The Supernova Foundation, which WCA member, Prof. Ghazal Geshnizjani is part of the leading team and a founding member, is now accepting applications for both new mentees and mentors.  

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  1. Sep. 23, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Alexa Villaume

    Alexa Villaume is a Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Waterloo. She recently completed by PhD at the University of California Santa Cruz as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow under the advisement of Professors  Jean Brodie and Charlie Conroy (Harvard).

  2. Sep. 30, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Amjad Ashoorioon

    Amjad Ashoorioon is a Faculty Member in the School of Physics at the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences.  His research insterests include Early Universe Cosmology, Inflation, Cosmological perturbation theory and Stringy Cosmology.

  3. Oct. 7, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Erin Kara

    Erin Kara is an Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT. Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she attended Barnard College, where she obtained a B.A. in physics with a minor in art history. After graduating in 2011, she moved to the United Kingdom on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to study for a Masters and a PhD from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.

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