Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics

The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics 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.

Watch the livestream of Avery Broderick's lecture.


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. June 21, 2019WCA students present as CASCA 2019
    U Waterloo Students at Canadian Astronomical Society in Montreal
    Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics students attended the annual mmeting of CASCA (Canadian Astronomical Society), June 18-21.
  2. June 21, 2019Farewell to Dr. Chiamaka Okoli
    Chiamaka Okoli

    It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Dr. Chiamaka Okoli, a brilliant astrophysicist and former PhD student at our department. Dr. Okoli successfully defended her PhD with the title “Dark Matter and Neutrinos in the Foggy universe” last December. Her PhD convocation at the University of Waterloo was scheduled for last week, on June 13th.

  3. June 11, 2019Distant planets and the search for life

    Professor Michel Fich speaks to the Royal City Men's Club this Thursday, June 13. 

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