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. 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

  2. Sep. 18, 2020WCA Professor Michel Fich's project receives a generous donation
    Artist rendition of Fred Young telescope

    The main donor, Fred Young, has agreed to have the CCAT-prime telescope after  him.  Read more:


  3. Aug. 21, 2020WCA Researcher recieves award
    Ghazal Geshnizjani

    July 1 – December 31, 2022, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.  Professor Ghazal Geshnizjani and her co-organizers were recently awarded $250,000 CAD to run the program as well an additional $100,000 CAD to support the participation of women and underrepresented

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  1. Oct. 21, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Francisco Villaescusa-Navarro

    Francisco Villaescusa-Navarro is an associate research scholar at Princeton University. He completed his PhD at the Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular in Valencia, Spain. He has held post-doctoral positions at the Trieste Observatory, Italy and the Flatiron Institute in New York City. Francisco is interested in studying cosmology using the large-scale structure of the Universe. More recently, he has been applying machine learning techniques to cosmology and astrophysics. Francisco is the main architect of the Quijote and CAMEL simulations.

  2. Oct. 28, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Michael McDonald

    Michael McDonald is an Associate Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology's Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. He obtained his BScH and MSc degrees in Physics at Queen's University in Canada, and his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Michael spent three years as a Hubble Fellow at MIT, before being hired as an Assistant Professor in July 2015.

  3. Nov. 4, 2020Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Chris O'Dea

    Dr. Christopher O’Dea received a BS in Physics from MIT and a PhD in Astronomy from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He held postdoctoral positions at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy, and faculty positions at STScI and Rochester Institute of Technology, and is currently Professor of Physics & Astronomy at University of Manitoba.

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