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. 13, 2022Welcoming our new Outreach Coordinator to the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics

    We are pleased to welcome our new Outreach Coordinator, Roan Haggar. Roan is looking forward to working with the wider Kitchener-Waterloo community, and helping to make astronomy accessible to as many people as possible.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Nov. 30, 2022Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Ana Ennis

    Ana Ennis is currently a PhD fellow from CONICET, Argentina, who will soon be joining the University of Waterloo as a postdoctoral fellow. Her main research interests are the formation and evolution of galaxies, and she has mainly worked on studying the evolutionary history of early-type galaxies using discrete tracers such as globular clusters and planetary nebulae.

  2. Apr. 5, 2023Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Leo Alcorn

    Leo Alcorn is a postdoctoral fellow at the David A Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Her research focuses on the properties of galaxies in galaxy clusters and how dense environments such as galaxy clusters and proto-clusters affect galaxy evolution. In her free time, she is an amateur ballet dancer and writes short horror fiction.

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