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. July 21, 2022The newly renovated Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics space is now open
    WCA new space

    After months of anticipation, we are proud to announce that the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics has a new location. The newly renovated space is equipped with nine offices, a common area and a boardroom.

  2. May 12, 2022Finding our galactic centre
    Sagittarius A

    Three years ago, history was made when the first image of a black hole inspired wonder and awe around the world as we glimpsed the shadow of light escaping from the supermassive black hole M87*. Today, history is being made again as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration releases the image of a second black hole — Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) — the one at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.

  3. Apr. 18, 2022Will Percival awarded Canadian Space Agency grant
    Will Percival

    Professor Will Percival, Director of the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics, has been awarded a grant by the Canadian Space Agency to support his work helping to lead the Euclid satellite mission.

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  1. Sep. 28, 2022Astro Seminar Series - Hybrid Seminar
    Claudia Scarlata

    Claudia Scarlata received her PhD from Padova University, in 2004. After holding postdoctoral positions at ETH-Zurich (CH) and Caltech, in 2011 she moved to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she is currently a Distinguished McKnight professor. Her research focus on problems related to the formation and evolution of galaxies. She is involved in the upcoming Euclid space mission, supporting the planning and optimization work for the cosmological surveys. More recently, her work has focused on the physical conditions that enable the reionization of the Universe at z>6.

  2. Oct. 5, 2022Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Felipe Oliveira

    Felipe Andrade-Oliveira is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan. His research is focused on the investigation of the Large Scale Structure and the Dark Energy nature through Cosmological Surveys. He works as a Pipeline Scientist for Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) where he is also the co-leader of the covariance topic team.

  3. Oct. 12, 2022Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Liza Sazonova

    Liza Sazonova is a an incoming postdoctoral fellow at uWaterloo, working on structural evolution of galaxies using the upcoming Rubin LSST survey.

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