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Continued optical and IR flaring in 3C 454.3

ATel #3022; E. Bonning, C. Bailyn, M. Buxton, R. Chatterjee, P. Coppi, J. Isler, C. M. Urry (Yale), L. Maraschi (INAF/Brera), G. Fossati (Rice)
on 10 Nov 2010; 21:24 UT
Credential Certification: Erin Bonning (erin.bonning@yale.edu)

Subjects: AGN, Black Hole, Blazar, Quasar

Referred to by ATel #: 3034, 3036

We are conducting a long-term monitoring campaign of the optical and near-IR magnitudes of gamma-ray bright blazars using the SMARTS 1.3m telescope and ANDICAM instrument. We report a continued increase in optical and IR magnitudes of the blazar 3C 454.3, which has been reported in outburst in optical, IR, and gamma-rays since 31 Oct 2010 (Atel #2988, ATel #2995, ATel #3003, ATel #3005). Observations performed on UT 2010 November 10 show B=14.29, V=13.71, R=13.17, J=11.50, and K=9.83. Typical errors for our differential photometry are ~0.02 magnitudes in the optical and 0.05 magnitudes in the IR. Data for this source are available at http://www.astro.yale.edu/smarts/glast/3C454.3lc.html

3C454.3 SMARTS Data