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Extended Optical Flaring of the Blazar 3C 279

ATel #10188; C. S.Turner, H. R. Miller (Georgia State University, USA)
on 20 Mar 2017; 19:25 UT
Credential Certification: Hugh Miller (miller@chara.gsu.edu)

Subjects: Optical, Blazar

The blazar, 3C 279, was previously reported to be undergoing a major optical outburst (ATEL#10121 and ATEL#10161). We report optical observations of 3C 279 on March 19 when it was observed with the 24-inch telescope at Georgia State University's Hard Labor Creek Observatory with R=13.46+/-0.01 mag. These observations indicate that 3C 279 continues to be in an extremely bright state. Additional observations are encouraged.