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GCN Circular 13647

Subject
GRB 120815A: Swift-XRT observations
Date
2012-08-15T03:47:18Z (12 years ago)
From
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <pae9@star.le.ac.uk>
J.A. Kennea (PSU), G. Cusumano (INAF-IASF PA), M. Perri (ASDC), P.A.
Evans (U. Leicester), J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester) and D.N. Burrows
(PSU) report on behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

The XRT began observing the field of GRB 120815A at 02:58:45.5 UT,
2686.8 seconds after the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we
find an uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 273.95896,
-52.12978 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 18h 15m 50.15s
   Dec(J2000) = -52d 07' 47.2"
with an uncertainty of 3.6 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 17 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 in excess of the Galactic value (8.55 x
10^20 cm^-2, Kalberla et al. 2005), with an excess column of 1.6
(+1.61/-1.45) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence).
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