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GCN Circular 22872

GRB 180630A: Swift detection of a burst with an optical counterpart
2018-06-30T11:23:40Z (6 years ago)
Caryl Gronwall at PSU/Swift-UVOT <>
P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), C. Gronwall (PSU), J.D. Gropp (PSU),
J. A. Kennea (PSU), H. A. Krimm (NSF/USRA), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC)
and T. Sakamoto (AGU) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
Observatory Team:

At 11:11:51 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 180630A (trigger=845443).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 48.810, -87.482 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 03h 15m 14s
   Dec(J2000) = -87d 28' 54"
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 ~6500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~4 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 11:13:13.4 UT, 81.6 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 48.95887, -87.47850 which
is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 03h 15m 50.13s
   Dec(J2000) = -87d 28' 42.6"
with an uncertainty of 3.7 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 26 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. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 1.34
x 10^21 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013). 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 6.12e-10 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 87 seconds after the BAT trigger. There is a candidate afterglow in
the rapidly available 2.7'x2.7' sub-image at
  RA(J2000)  =	03:15:56.02 =  48.98342
  DEC(J2000) = -87:28:42.4  = -87.47844
with a 90%-confidence error radius of about 0.62 arc sec. This position is 5.7
arc sec. from the center of the XRT error circle. The estimated magnitude is
17.44 with a 1-sigma error of about  0.14. No correction has been made for the
expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of 0.13. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is P. D'Avanzo (paolo.davanzo 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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