Welcome to the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics

The Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics (WCA) is an exciting development at the University of Waterloo made possible by a generous donation from Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis, and provides an environment for astrophysicists to ask and answer fundamental questions about the Universe in which we live. By using the Universe as a laboratory, members design and analyse experiments testing physical processes that are impossible to replicate on Earth. Research into phenomena including black holes, distant galaxies, and the energy-density components of the universe as a whole, push the boundaries of human knowledge. The heart of the WCA is a group of aspirational young scientists, both those studying for their PhDs and scientists who have completed their PhD study and are working as post-doctoral researchers. These are key stages of scientific careers and are often the point at which key breakthroughs are made. The WCA provides a creative, inspiring environment for these researchers where lively research debate flourishes.


Watch the livestream of Avery Broderick's lecture.


Learn more about the Gustav Bakos ObservatoryThe 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. Apr. 23, 2019Will Percival receives Canadian Space Agency Grant

    Prof Will Percival was recently awarded a 2-year grant by the Canadian Space Agency to support his work for the Euclid satellite mission.

  2. Dec. 10, 2018Understanding why the Universal expansion is accelerating

    Understanding the observed late-time acceleration of the cosmological expansion is one of the most compelling problems facing physics today. The University of Waterloo's new Distinguished Chair in Astrophysics, Will Percival, is leading an effort to understand why the Universal expansion is accelerating.

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  3. Oct. 31, 2018Hotspot discovery proves Waterloo astrophysicist’s black hole theory

    The recent detection of flares circling black holes has proven a decade-old theory - co-developed by Waterloo physicist Avery Broderick - about how black holes grow and consume matter.

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