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GCN Circular 21106

GRB 170519A: Swift detection of a burst with an optical counterpart
2017-05-19T05:24:17Z (7 years ago)
Kim Page at U.of Leicester <>
T. N. Ukwatta (LANL), H. A. Krimm (NSF/USRA), A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC)
and K. L. Page (U Leicester) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 05:10:02 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 170519A (trigger=753445).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 163.450, +25.378 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 10h 53m 48s
   Dec(J2000) = +25d 22' 41"
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 10 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~3 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 05:11:23.2 UT, 80.4 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 163.42823, 25.37377 which
is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 10h 53m 42.78s
   Dec(J2000) = +25d 22' 25.6"
with an uncertainty of 4.8 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 72 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  We
cannot determine whether the source is fading at the present time. No
spectrum from the promptly downlinked event data is yet available to
determine the column density. 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 3.58e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 91 seconds after the BAT trigger. There is a candidate afterglow in
the rapidly available 2.7'x2.7' sub-image at
  RA(J2000)  =	10:53:42.46 = 163.42693
  DEC(J2000) = +25:22:27.4  =  25.37429
with a 90%-confidence error radius of about 0.75 arc sec. This position is 1.4
arc sec. from the center of the XRT error circle. The estimated magnitude is
17.07 with a 1-sigma error of about  0.14. No correction has been made for the
expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of 0.03. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is T. N. Ukwatta (tilan.ukwatta AT 
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:
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