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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).



Saturday, May 7, 2011

Confirmation of comet C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)

An object posted on the NEOCP displayed faint cometary activity.
MPEC 2011 J31
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COMET C/2011 J2 (LINEAR)
    An apparently asteroidal object discovered by the LINEAR survey (discovery
observation tabulated below), and posted on the Minor Planet Center's NEOCP
webpage, has been found by other CCD astrometrists to show cometary appearance.
Juan Lacruz (Madrid, Spain) writes that sixty stacked 30-s images taken with a
0.40-m reflector at La Canada on May 5.9 UT show a diffuse object about 10"
wide that is slightly elongated toward the southeast (but no distinct tail)......

These observatory J87 confirming observations have been conducted remotely over the internet.