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. 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

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

  3. July 18, 2019Andrew Reeves, WCA graduate student spends a week at Dunlap Institute
    Andrew Reeves with telescope

    I just spent the past week at the Dunlap Institute Summer School for Astronomical Instrumentation. Students came from all over the world - five continents in total!

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  1. Sep. 25, 2019Astro Seminar Series
    Maciek Wielgus

  2. Oct. 4, 2019Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics Launch Event - The Future of Astronomy

    On October 4th, we formally launch the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics. Between 10:00am - 4:00pm we will host a scientific meeting with the theme, The Future of Astronomy. Speakers include Neil Turok, Director Emeritus of the Perimeter Institute, Waterloo and Scott Tremaine, Richard Black Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, members of the WCA governing board.  From 4:00 pm, we will host a reception formally opening the new centre, which will provide a chance to meet and talk to the members.

  3. Oct. 4, 2019Public Talk: Black Holes, Dark Matter and Dark Energy: Exploring the Invisible Universe by Christine Jones Forman
    Christine Jones Forman

    UW welcomes world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Christine Jones Forman as she presents "Black Holes, Dark Matter and Dark Energy: Exploring the Invisible Universe". Dr. Forman is a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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