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, October 13, 2011

Asteroid names

Two names for asteroids discovered from La Cañada have been assigned by the MPC :

The following citation is from MPC 76677:

(263613) Enol = 2008 GM1
The remains of a glacier, Lago Enol is a gorgeous mountain lake in the
Parque Nacional de los Picos de Europa.

The following citation is from MPC 76677:

(269300) Diego = 2008 SB82
Diego Rodriguez is a Spanish astrophotographer and co-founder of the M1
group of variable-star observers. He contributes to the search and follow-up
of all sorts of transient sky phenomena. His enthusiasm has motivated and
inspired many observers.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Draconids 2011

Las Dracónidas, La Cañada 8 oct 2011

Las Dracónidas, La Cañada 8 oct 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Observatorio estratosférico de la UCM para las Dracónidas

Un espectáculo para todo los públicos, y una oportunidad excepcional para los astrofísicos Por primera vez se observará el fenómeno desde un globo sonda estratosférico, lee la noticia.

Información GUAIX

The accelerating expansion of the Universe

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 announced on 4 October 2011 was awarded "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae" with one half to Saul Perlmutter and the other half jointly to Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess.

Paradoxically, they were trying to measure the deceleration rate of the expansion of the Universe

Monday, October 3, 2011

Awaiting the Draconids (8-Oct-2011)

In spite of the nearly full Moon (12-Oct-2011) this will be an interesting event to watch and try to record on photo/video.

Look at the pages by the International Meteor Organization.