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Flaring Blazars from CRTS

ATEL # 3035; A.A. Mahabal, A.J. Drake, S.G. Djorgovski, M.J. Graham, R. Williams, C. Donalek (Caltech); J. Prieto (OCIW); M. Catelan (PUC); E. Christensen (Gemini Observatory); E.C. Beshore, S.M. Larson (LPL/UA); R.H. McNaught (ANU)
on 17 Nov 2010; 16:54 UT
Password Certification: Ashish Mahabal (aam@astro.caltech.edu)

Subjects: Radio, Optical, Transients

We report the discovery of several flaring radio sources and blazars by the Catalina Real-time Transient Survey (CRTS) in data from the Catalina Sky Survey during the period from 2010-10-30 to 2010-11-15 UT. All these were announced in real-time on the CRTS website.

IDDisc. DateRADecDisc. MagComment
CSS101113:011857-2141302010-11-1301:18:57.26-21:41:30.016.85HB89 0116-219 z=1.16
CSS101102:165258+3902512010-11-0216:52:58.48+39:02:50.518.09IVS B1651+391 z=1.3
CSS101102:234512-1555082010-11-0223:45:12.47-15:55: 7.814.18PMN J2345-1555 z=0.621
CSS101102:234803-1631122010-11-0223:48: 2.59-16:31:12.115.98HB89 2345-167 z=0.60
CSS101102:233212-1500262010-11-0223:32:11.63-15:00:25.719.20NVSS J233211
CSS101031:214947+1920482010-10-3121:49:47.24+19:20:47.917.87MG1 J214945+1920
CSS101030:230527+0746282010-10-3023:05:27.45+07:46:27.718.87NVSS J230527+074636
CSS101030:011411+0542252010-10-3001:14:10.77+05:42:24.917.90NVSS J011410+054223
CSS101030:032435-1008282010-10-3003:24:35.03-10:08:28.518.32Possible NVSS match

With a 4-mag jump relative to its usual state, at 14th mag CSS101102:234512-155508 is a good target even for smaller telescopes. Over the last 6 years CSS101102:234803-163112 has varied a lot and is currently at its brightest during that period (16th mag).

More information and finding charts can be found at http://voeventnet.caltech.edu/feeds/ATEL/CRTS/
All CRTS Blazar discoveries are available from http://crts.caltech.edu/ and http://www.skyalert.org/.

Follow-up is requested. A search for the corresponding gamma-ray flares in the Fermi GST data would be useful.


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