La Cañada Observatory, is an initiative by Juan Lacruz, the observatory started astrometric operations in the summer of 2002, it is registered as station J87 in the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union.

The Observatory also participates in the studies on minor bodies promoted by the Group on Meteorites, Minor Bodies, and Planetary Sciences of the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC).

Sunday, August 31, 2008

2008 QM16 and 2008 QN16

These two new minor planet designations are number 96 and 97 for La Cañada. They were first observed on the night of August the 23th then confirmed on the night of the 29th.

Although they have no published orbit yet 2008 QM16 seems to have a perihelion distance q about 1.33, probably a Mars crosser.

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