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GCN Circular 5550

GRB 060908 - SDSS Pre-burst Observations
2006-09-08T14:23:47Z (18 years ago)
Richard J. Cool at U.of AZ/Steward Obs <>
Richard J. Cool (Arizona), Daniel J. Eisenstein (Arizona), David
W. Hogg (NYU), Michael R. Blanton (NYU), David J. Schlegel (LBNL),
J. Brinkmann (APO), Donald Q. Lamb (Chicago), Donald P. Schneider
(PSU), and Daniel E. Vanden Berk (PSU) report:

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) imaged the field of burst
GRB060908 prior to the burst.  As these data should be useful
as a pre-burst comparison and for calibrating photometry, we are
supplying the images and photometry measurements for this GRB field
to the community.

Data from the SDSS, including 5 FITS images, 3 JPGS, and
3 files of photometry and astrometry, are being placed at

We supply FITS images in each of the 5 SDSS bands of a 8'x8'
region centered on the GRB position (ra=31.8350 (02:07:20.4),
dec=0.370000 (00:22:12.0); Swift-BAT TRIGGER 228581), as well as 3
gri color-composite JPGs (with different stretches). The units in
the FITS images are nanomaggies per pixel.  A pixel is 0.396 arcsec
on a side. A nanomaggie is a flux-density unit equal to 10^-9 of
a magnitude 0 source or, to the extent that SDSS is an AB system,
3.631e-6 Jy.  The FITS images have WCS astrometric information.

In the file GRB060908_sdss.calstar.dat, we report photometry
and astrometry of 37 bright stars (r<20.5) within 15' of the
burst location.  The magnitudes presented in this file are asinh
magnitudes as are standard in the SDSS (Lupton 1999, AJ, 118,
1406). Beware that some of these stars are not well-detected in
the u-band; use the errors and object flags to monitor data quality.

In the files GRB060908_sdss.objects_flux.dat and
GRB060908_sdss.objects_magnitudes.dat, we report photometry
of 1285 objects detected within 6' of the GRB position.
We have removed saturated objects and objects with model
magnitudes fainter than 23.0 in the r-band.  The fluxes listed
in GRB060908_sdss.objects_flux.dat are in nanomaggies while the
magnitudes listed in GRB060908_sdss.objects_magnitudes.dat are
asinh magnitudes.

All quantities reported are standard SDSS photometry, meaning that
they are very close to AB zeropoints and magnitudes are quoted
in asinh magnitudes.  Photometric zeropoints are known to about
2% rms.  None of the photometry is corrected for dust extinction.
The Schlegel, Finkbeiner, and Davis (1998) predictions for this
region are A_U=0.146 mag, A_g=0.107 mag, A_r = 0.078 mag, A_i=0.059
mag, and A_z=0.042 mag.

The file GRB060908_sdss.spectro.dat contains a list of the 11 objects
with SDSS spectroscopy within 6 arcminutes of the GRB position.
In addition to the redshift and 1-sigma error for each object,
this file also lists the object spectroscopic classification.

SDSS astrometry is generally better than 0.1 arcsecond per
coordinate.  Users requiring high precision astrometry should take
note that the SDSS astrometric system can differ from other systems
such as those used in other notices; we have not checked the offsets
in this region.

More detailed information pertaining to our SDSS GRB releases
can be found in our initial data release paper (Cool et al. 2006,
astro-ph/0601218).  See the SDSS DR4 documentation for more details:

These data have been reduced using a slightly different pipeline
than that used for SDSS public data releases.  We cannot guarantee
that the values here will exactly match those in the data release
in which these data are included.  In particular, we expect the
photometric calibrations to differ by of order 0.01 mag.

This note may be cited, but please also cite the SDSS data release
paper, Adelman-McCarthy et al. (2006, ApJS, 162, 38), when using
the data or referring to the technical documentation.
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