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GCN Circular 4376

Swift-BAT detection of a possible burst
2005-12-21T20:51:54Z (18 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
P. Boyd (GSFC), S. Barthelmy (GSFC), D. Burrows (PSU),
J. Cummings (GSFC/NRC), N. Gehrels (GSFC), H. Krimm (GSFC/USRA),
C. Markwardt (GSFC/UMD), F. Marshall (GSFC), K. Page (U Leicester),
D. Palmer (LANL), A. Parsons (GSFC), J. Racusin (PSU), P. Roming (PSU),
T. Sakamoto (GSFC)
on behalf of the Swift team:

At 20:03:20 UT, Swift-BAT triggered and located a source (trigger=173904).
The spacecraft slewed promptly after the end of the image trigger.
The BAT on-board calculated location is RA,Dec 312.395d,+53.054d
{20h 49m 35s,+53d 03' 14"} (J2000), with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin
(radius, 90% containment, stat+sys).  All we have at this time is
the TDRSS lightcurve.  This plus the fact that this is a 192-sec
image trigger means that we can not say if this trigger is due to a real GRB,
a hard x-ray transient, or a noise event.  We note that the galactic
latitude is 6 deg.

The XRT began observing the location at 20:07:56 UT, 276 sec after the
BAT trigger.  The on-board detection algorithm did not centroid
on a source due to insufficient counts, so no prompt X-ray position
is available.  However, both the prompt XRT light-curve and raw spectrum
indicate there is a faint X-ray source in the field.  More information
will be available after the next Malindi pass in a few hours.

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 200 seconds with the V filter
starting 275 seconds after the BAT trigger.  No afterglow candidate
has been found in the initial data products.  The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image
covers 25% of the BAT error circle.  The typical 3-sigma upper limit has
been about 18th mag.  The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated
on-board covers 100% of the BAT error circle.  The list of sources is
typically complete to about 18.0 mag.  No correction has been made for
the expected visual extinction of about 4.6 magnitudes.
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