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).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

New comet C/2011 O1 (LINEAR)

A discovery by the LINEAR survey, posted on the NEOCP, has been found to show weak (8" to 12" coma) cometary activity by various observers.

I was unable to detect any activity in my confirming observations done from La Cañada, the seeing wasn't good enough and the star field very dense.

This seems to be a non periodic (parabolic e=1) comet.
References : MPEC 2011-P03, CBET 2775 (subscribers)