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. Mar. 3, 2021Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Andreu Font-Ribera

    Andreu Font-Ribera is a staff scientist at the Institut de Física d'Altes Energies (IFAE) in Barcelona. He is also an honorary researcher at University College London (UCL), where he was a lecturer in cosmology until March 2020.

  2. Mar. 10, 2021Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Pauline Zarrouk

    Pauline Zarrouk did her PhD between October 2015 and 2018 at CEA-Saclay in France where she worked on the first clustering analysis of the eBOSS quasars using a sample of 2-years data taking in order to measure the cosmic distances and the growth rate of structures to constrain dark energy.

  3. Mar. 17, 2021Astro Seminar Series - VIA ZOOM
    Ravi Sheth

    Ravi Sheth was a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge where he got my PhD in 1994. He then spent time at UCBerkeley (1994-1996), the Max-Planck Institut fuer Astrophysik in Garching (1996-1999), and Fermilab (1999-2001) before becoming an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (2002-2004).  Professor Sheth moved to Penn in 2005, where he became an Associate Professor in 2007 and a full Professor in 2009.

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