Strong optical flare of the blazar PKS 1510-089
ATel #7829; R. Bachev (IA-NAO, BAS, Bulgaria)
on 23 Jul 2015; 13:24 UT
Credential Certification: Rumen Bachev (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subjects: Optical, AGN, Blazar, Quasar
Following the reports of increased optical (ATel #7799) and NIR (ATel #7805) fluxes, we observed the blazar PKS 1510-089 for several nights with the 0.6m telescope of Belogradchik observatory, Bulgaria. The following R-band magnitudes were obtained (preliminary results; photometric errors of about 0.05 mag):
Jul 18.8 13.67
Jul 19.8 13.71
Jul 20.8 14.17
Jul 21.8 14.17
Jul 22.8 15.14
The results show a strong optical flare followed by a rapid decline. The magnitudes on the nights of July 18th and 19th are the highest reported for this object since 2009 (see e.g.
Tuorla monitoring campaign
St. Petersburg monitoring campaign
Further monitoring is encouraged as the blazar appears to be in a high-activity phase.