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).

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Three new names

(325366) Asturias = 2008 QN16

The Principality of Asturias, in northwest Spain, is known for its coastline, mountain landscapes and medieval architecture. The Covadonga Sanctuary to the Virgin Mary, patron of Asturias, sits in a cave above a waterfall.

(309706) Avila = 2008 GP

Avila de los caballeros, is the capital of the province of Avila in Spain. Sometimes called the Town of Stones and Saints, it is notable for its complete and prominent medieval town walls.

(352760) Tesorero = 2008 UR4

Pico Tesorero is a prominent pyramidal peak located in the central massif of Picos de Europa in Spain. Its 2570-m summit dominates most of the beautiful mountains of the western and central massifs, and marks the boundary between Asturias, Cantabria and Leon provinces.