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. Mar. 10, 2020WCA researcher awarded CSA grant
    Michael Balogh

    WCA researcher, Professor Michael Balogh was recently awarded a Canadian Space Agency grant aimed at supporting analysis of data from Astrosat (which carries a Canadian instrument, UVIT).  This money will be used to support a new grad student, Cameron Morgan, who is joining us in September.

  2. Mar. 5, 2020WCA researcher awarded NASA's Group Achievement Award
    Brian McNamara

    WCA researcher, Brian McNamara was awarded NASA’s Group Achievement Award as a member of the Lynx Astrophysics Large Mission Study Team for “the substantial and effective scientific, technical, and management work in developing the Large Mission Concept Studies for the 2020 Astrophysics Decadal Survey.”  

  3. Jan. 7, 2020WCA researcher awarded 2019 Buchalter Cosmology Prize
    Niayesh Afshordi

     "The strength of gravitational wave "echoes" following the merger of two neutron stars on 17 August 2017. We see a significant signal at frequency of 72 Hz, 1 second after the merger."

    Originally published by the Perimeter Institute

    The Buchalter Cosmology Prize recognizes “ground-breaking theoretical, observational, or experimental work in cosmology that has the potential to produce a breakthrough advance in our understanding.”

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  1. Apr. 8, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Eduardo Martin-Martinez

    Professor Martin-Martenez's research includes: Relativistic Quantum Information; General Relativity; Quantum Theory; Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetimes and Quantum Gravity.

  2. Apr. 15, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Norm Murray

    Norman Murray is a theoretical astrophysicist with wide-ranging interests from nonlinear dynamics to solar physics to (exo)planets, galaxies, and active galactic nuclei. He is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Toronto, Canada, and, from 2006 to 2014, Director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

  3. Apr. 29, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Katie Mack

    Katie Mack is a theoretical cosmologist specializing in the connections between astrophysics and particle physics. She is currently an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University and a Simons Emmy Noether Fellow at Perimeter. She completed her PhD in Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton before doing two postdoctoral fellowships, one at Cambridge's Kavli Institute for Cosmology and one at Melbourne University.

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