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. Oct. 30, 2019DESI opens its 5,000 eyes to capture the colours of the cosmos
    Mayall Telescope

  2. Sep. 5, 20192020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics
    Avery Broderick

    Congratulations to Avery Broderick and other team members of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration for winning the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics!  Read more: https://breakthroughprize.org/News/54

  3. July 18, 2019Chandra's 20th anniversary image release
    Chandra image A2146

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  1. Jan. 8, 2020Astro Seminar Series
    Nienke van der Marel

    Nienke van der Marel works as a Banting fellow at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria (BC, Canada). Her research focuses on planet formation in protoplanetary disks.

  2. Jan. 15, 2020Astro Seminar Series
    Jo Dunkley

    Prof. Dunkley is a Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.  Her research is in cosmology, studying the origins and evolution of the Universe. Her major projects are the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Simons Observatory.

  3. Jan. 29, 2020Astro Seminar Series
    Sharon Morsink

    Relativistic astrophysics is the application of the theory of general relativity (the theory of strong gravitational fields) to problems in astrophysics. The strongest gravitational fields in the universe are associated with compact objects (neutron stars and black holes).

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