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.

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. July 8, 2019WCA unveils logo
    Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics Logo

    The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics unveils logo for its new Centre.

    We are proud to be launching a new visual identity for the Centre that will help steward future conversations for building a Centre, recruiting talent and providing a unique identify on the global stage.

  2. June 25, 2019Professor Mike Hudson appointed to Euclid Consortium Board
    Mike Hudson

    Prof Mike Hudson was recently appointed as the Canadian member of the Euclid Consortium Board. Euclid is an international mission, led by the European Space Agency, with significant interest from a number of international partners including Canada, and is planned for launch in 2022. 

  3. 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.
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