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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).

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Venus phase

This picture of Venus shows the planet's phase.
Because it's low, near the horizon, the light from Venus is seen through a thick layer of atmosphere. The refraction is causing the red light to bend more than the blue.

Esta imágen de Venus muestra la fase del planeta.
Como está bajo en el horizonte, su luz es vista a través de una espesa capa de atmósfera. La refracción causa que la luz roja se curve más que la azul.

Canon EOS40D, ISO 400, exp 1/500, 2000 mm F10. (c) Juan Lacruz.