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GCN Circular 30820

GRB 210912A: Swift detection of a burst
2021-09-12T11:18:18Z (3 years ago)
David Palmer at LANL <>
E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/UMCP), A. P. Beardmore (U Leicester),
R. Caputo (NASA/GSFC), N. J. Klingler (GSFC/UMBC/CRESSTII),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), K. L. Page (U Leicester) and
D. M. Palmer (LANL) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
Observatory Team:

At 11:01:11 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 210912A (trigger=1072990).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 129.769, +79.194 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 08h 39m 04s
   Dec(J2000) = +79d 11' 38"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed a complex
structure with a duration of about 40 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~2800 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 11:02:04.1 UT, 52.6 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
fading, uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 129.88358,
79.22292 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 08h 39m 32.06s
   Dec(J2000) = +79d 13' 22.5"
with an uncertainty of 7.5 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 129 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 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 2.40
x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013). 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 6.40e-10 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

There are no UVOT data available. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is E. Troja (eleonora.troja 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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