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. Jan. 8, 2021Event Horizon Telescope team recognized for outstanding group achievement

    Congratulations to the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team, including Professor Avery Broderick, for being honoured with the Royal Astronomical Society’s Group Award today! This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a large consortium within astronomy.

  2. Dec. 10, 2020Ground broken in Chile for alum-backed telescope
    Michel Fich

    Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics Professor Michel Fich is the Canadian lead for the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope.  Ground has been broken at the site of the build in Chile.  Read full article:  Ground broken in Chile for alum-backed telescope | Cornell Univer

  3. Oct. 16, 2020WCA's Alex Krolewski is awarded fellowship
    Alex Krolewski

    WCA's Alex Krolewski is awarded an AMTD Fellowship!

    Read more:  https://uwaterloo.ca/stories/four-brilliant-researchers-join-waterloo-fellowships

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  1. Jan. 27, 2021Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Alison Coil

    Alison Coil is a Professor of Physics and a member of the Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences in the Department of Physics at the University of California San Diego.  She is also an Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Division of Physical Sciences.

  2. Feb. 3, 2021Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Tommaso Treu

    Tommaso Treu is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California Los Angeles. He earned his PhD in Physics from Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy, in 2001. He was then a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (2001-2003), and a Hubble Fellow at UCLA (2003-2005).

  3. Feb. 10, 2021Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Alexie Leathaud

    Dr Alexie Leauthaud is a Professor at the University of California Santa Cruz. Dr Leauthaud studies dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, and the formation of the large scale structure in the Universe. She is currently involved in dark energy measurements with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI).

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