AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 5. AGN and Quasars
Display, Monday, June 3, 2002, 9:20am-6:30pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[5.08] Intriguing Microvariability Observations of PKS 0736+017

S. D. Clements (Florida Tech, SARA), F. Reyes, D. Clark, C. Gomez (U. Florida), A. Jenks, Y. Torres (Florida Tech, SARA)

The optically violent variable quasar PKS 0736+017 was monitored for microvariability in early 2002. Observations were made with the 0.9m SARA telescope atop Kitt Peak in Arizona and with the 0.76m telescope at Rosemary Hill Observatory in Bronson, Florida. In January, it underwent a substantial flaring event, brightening by ~1.3 R magnitudes in ~2 hours and exhibiting unusual oscillatory fluctuations once it reached its bright state. Later, its V-R color was also monitored and it was found to exhibit atypical color variations, reddening as it got brighter. The curious behavior displayed by PKS 0736+017 will be compared to that of other sources.

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