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GCN Circular 12954

Subject
GRB 120215A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2012-02-15T00:51:33Z (12 years ago)
From
David Palmer at LANL <palmer@lanl.gov>
E. A. Hoversten (PSU), W. H. Baumgartner (GSFC/UMBC),
D. N. Burrows (PSU), N. Gehrels (NASA/GSFC),
A. Y. Lien (NASA/GSFC/ORAU), V. Mangano (INAF-IASFPA),
C. B. Markwardt (NASA/GSFC), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC),
D. M. Palmer (LANL), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU), T. N. Ukwatta (MSU)
and B.-B. Zhang (PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 00:41:15 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 120215A (trigger=515015).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is RA, Dec 30.032, +8.792 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 02h 00m 08s
   Dec(J2000) = +08d 47' 30"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed a single-peaked
structure with a duration of about 15 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~3 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 00:43:01.8 UT, 106.5 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a fading,
uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 30.04753, 8.80220 which is
equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 02h 00m 11.41s
   Dec(J2000) = +08d 48' 07.9"
with an uncertainty of 3.9 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 66 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. This position may be improved as more data are received;
the latest position is available at http://www.swift.ac.uk/sper. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 5.40
x 10^20 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al. 2005). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 110 seconds after the BAT trigger. No credible afterglow candidate has
been found in the initial data products. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 100% of
the XRT error circle. The typical 3-sigma upper limit has been about 19.6 mag. 
The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated on-board covers 100% of the
XRT error circle. The list of sources is typically complete to about 18 mag. No
correction has been made for the expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of
0.08. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is E. A. Hoversten (hoversten AT astro.psu.edu). 
Please contact the BA by email if you require additional information
regarding Swift followup of this burst. In extremely urgent cases, after
trying the Burst Advocate, you can contact the Swift PI by phone (see
Swift TOO web site for information: http://www.swift.psu.edu/too.html.)
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