Waterloo Space Society

Who are we?

Waterloo Space Society is a group of students united by a common love of space. We host frequent events throughout the term, including stargazing bonfires, guest lectures, social nights, and weekly general meetings where we discuss space news. WSS is affiliated with FEDS and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Upcoming Events

Gustav Bakos Observatory Tour

WSS will be hosting a private tour of Waterloo's own Gustav Bakos Observatory at 9pm on Thursday, June 21st. Join us in PHYS 150 for a short astronomy lesson before heading up to the observatory. Please note this event is for UW students only. Other members of the public can enjoy the Gustav Bakos Observatory during one of its public tours, held on the first Wednesday of each month.

VR Night

On July 14th, join WSS for an evening of virtual reality at the Ctrl-V arcade. Collide planets or galaxies, battle real opponents in a zero gravity arena, experience a thrilling adventure aboard a space station, and more! Tickets are $15/person and space is limited, so be sure to register on the Ticketfi. Pizza is included!

Past Events

Cronyn Observatory Tour

SpaceSoc took a field trip to London (Ontario) to check out the Cronyn Observatory at Western University! The weather was too poor to actually use the telescope, but we still had a great tour of the facilities, as well as pizza and astronomy discussion with the profs and students of Western's Physics and Astronomy department.

Astrofires

In the summer and early fall, we host biweekly 'astrofires': stargazing nights / bonfires at the Columbia Lake Firepits.

End of Term Event: Space Social Night

We had a stellar turnout for our end of term social night. Space fans from across campus gathered in PHYS 308 for an evening of Smash Bros, pizza, and Jupiter Ascending. Good luck with exams and see you all again next term!

Observatory Night

Thanks to observatory coordinator Victor Arora, WSS's observatory night on July 6th was a big success! Unfortunately we weren't able to do any dome observing due to ongoing construction on the roof of the physics building, but Victor gave us an amazing (and humorous) talk on the night sky. After the talk, we set up some portable telescopes in front of the physics building to observe the Moon, Saturn, and Jupiter.

Kerbal Space Party

On June 27th, WSS gathered in EV3 1408 to play Kerbal Space Program (and eat pizza, can't forget the pizza). Some people landed on the Mun, some people abandoned their Kerbals on Laythe, some people built rockets that looked like fidget spinners. By the end of the night, we had devoured two XL pizzas and sent twenty brave Kerbals to their doom. That's the definition of a successful space mission.