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GCN Circular 18691

Subject
GRB 151215A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2015-12-15T03:14:38Z (8 years ago)
From
David Palmer at LANL <palmer@lanl.gov>
S. L. Gibson (U Leicester), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
K. L. Page (U Leicester), D. M. Palmer (LANL),
B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU) and M. H. Siegel (PSU) report on behalf
of the Swift Team:

At 03:01:28 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 151215A (trigger=667392).  Swift slewed to the burst
after a short delay due to observing constraints. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 93.595, +35.509 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 06h 14m 23s
   Dec(J2000) = +35d 30' 34"
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 5 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1300 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 03:04:18.1 UT, 169.1 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find an uncatalogued
X-ray source located at RA, Dec 93.58198, 35.51503 which is equivalent
to:
   RA(J2000)  = 06h 14m 19.68s
   Dec(J2000) = +35d 30' 54.1"
with an uncertainty of 5.1 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 43 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.  We
cannot determine whether the source is fading at the present time. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 4.02
x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 173 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
0.40. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is S. L. Gibson (slg44 AT le.ac.uk). 
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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