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).

Monday, February 23, 2009

C/2007 N3 Lulin and 29/P

Bright comet C/200 N3 Lulin, fast moving at 12"/min.
This is a stack of seven images on the comet movement.
Due to the particular geometry of the Sun-Comet-Earth we see the straight gas tail to the South East (bottom left) in contrast with the many jets in the opposite direction North West (Top right).
(c) 2007 Feb 21 La Cañada J.Lacruz

Fascinating centaur object 29/P comet after one of the frequent outburst it undergoes at an Helio centric distance of about 5 Astronomical units.
To the right a Larson Sekanina filtering (just a radial shift of 0.5 pixels) to better show the shell structures.
(c) 2007 Feb 21 La Cañada J.lacruz

2009 CC45

Nueva designación provisional para un objeto débil (mag 20.5V) descubierto desde La Cañada el día 13 de febrero. De momento solo tiene órbita de Väisälä (aproximación circular).

This is the new provisional designation for a faint object (mag 20.5V) discovered from La Cañada on February the 13th. For the moment just a Väisälä orbit (circular approx.).

Monday, February 16, 2009

Observations 2009 Feb 14

The telescope is back to work after a repair, both AR and Dec reduction trains failed at the same time and they were changed.
Followup of bodies discovered from La Cañada on 2007, 2007 WR, 2007 WT2 and 2007 VP2.
Confirmation of a NEOCP Amor object 2009 CO5 with excellent residuals, read the MPC 2009-C86 .
Observations of comet centaur 29P in a post-outburst state.
Multicolor photometry of M67 cluster, results pending.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Madrid : sporadic meteor, 2009 Feb 13 00:13:38 UTC

A capture of a bright (mag -1.1 +/- 0.5 mag) meteor while testing a B&W video camera from Madrid.

Watch the video.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

MPC Batch 2009 February

Three new numberings in the last Minor Planet Center Batch for La Cañada.

(207883)2007 WN3.250.140.41
(207547)2006 LO2.850.082.86
(207341)2005 JD223.050.140.5

Summary :

This site has discovered
16 numbered objects
9 of the numbered objects have been named
18 of the discoveries are identified with numbered minor planets
42 of the discoveries are involved in multiple-apparition orbits
30 of the discoveries are principal designations
24 of the one-opposition objects have >= 30-day arc orbits
13 of the one-opposition objects have < 30-day arc orbits
18 of the one-opposition objects have no orbit

Read the full discovery status report.