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Blazar S5 0716+714 is in a flaring state in optical and gamma

ATel #3700; D. Blinov, D. Morozova, V. Larionov (St. Petersburg Univ., Russia)
on 22 Oct 2011; 03:12 UT
Credential Certification: V. Larionov (vlar@astro.spbu.ru)

Subjects: Optical, Gamma Ray, AGN, Black Hole, Blazar, Quasar

Referred to by ATel #: 3704, 3717, 6086

Our optical photometric monitroring, made as a part of GASP/WEBT project, reveals fast and high amplitude brightening of BL Lac object S5 0716+714. The blazar had R=12.50 on 2011-10-21UT20, one magnitude brighter than our previous estimate R=13.59 on 2011-10-18UT23. At the same time Fermi LAT daily integrated light curve shows historical maximum for this object 1.5e-6 ph cm^-2s^-1 (E>100MeV). Since the optical flux is still rising, observations in all wavelengths are strongly encouraged. Optical preliminary light curve could be found here: http://www.astro.spbu.ru/staff/vlar/plots_optical/s50716r.png . Fermi LAT open access daily light curve for this source: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/FTP/glast/data/lat/catalogs/asp/current/lightcurves/0716+714_86400.png