BYU

Abstract by Kristi Epps

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Presenter's Name

Kristi Epps

Degree Level

Undergraduate

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Department

Physics and Astronomy

Faculty Advisor

Michael Joner

Title

Flux Variability of an Active Galactic Nucleus

Abstract

BL Lacertae objects are a type of active galactic nuclei with a significant amount of variability in their flux. Photometric observations made at the West Mountain Observatory during summer 2019 included data on the object BL Lacertae. The purpose of these observations was to learn more about its characteristics, particularly in relation to the variability of its light curve on a nightly basis as well as over the course of a few months. Understanding this variability will help us to better understand their causation at the centers of galaxies with these nuclei.