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 21, 2011

2011 Feb MPC batch : New names

Two new names for asteroids found from La Cañada

(256796) Almanzor = 2008 CN69
     Plaza del Moro Almanzor is the highest peak (2592 m) in the Sierra
de Gredos, Avila, Spain.

(256797) Benbow = 2008 CA70
     Admiral Benbow Inn is the fictional home of Jim Hawkins in Robert
Louis Stevenson's 1883 novel "Treasure Island".

Access the link to the comprehensive list of asteroid discovered from La Cañada.

Thursday, February 17, 2011