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GCN Circular 18365

Subject
GRB 150925A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2015-09-25T04:27:53Z (9 years ago)
From
David Palmer at LANL <palmer@lanl.gov>
J. L. Racusin (NASA/GSFC), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA),
A. Maselli (INAF-IASFPA), D. M. Palmer (LANL) and M. H. Siegel (PSU)
report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 04:09:28 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 150925A (trigger=656604).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 227.520, -19.628 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 15h 10m 05s
   Dec(J2000) = -19d 37' 41"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  Only partial BAT lightcurve data is 
currently available, and so no description of this image trigger
can be given. 

The XRT began observing the field at 04:11:48.9 UT, 140.1 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
fading, uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec
227.5340, -19.6325 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 15h 10m 08.16s
   Dec(J2000) = -19d 37' 57.1"
with an uncertainty of 2.1 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 50 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 (1.01 x
10^21 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 4.7
(+4.53/-2.33) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence). 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 3.82e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
keV). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 148 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
0.10. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is J. L. Racusin (judith.racusin AT nasa.gov). 
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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