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GCN Circular 5948

Subject
GRB 061217, Candidate host galaxy
Date
2006-12-21T16:32:19Z (17 years ago)
From
Houri Ziaeepour at MSSL-UCL <hz@mssl.ucl.ac.uk>
H. Ziaeepour (UCL-MSSL), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), A.P. Beardmore (U. 
Leicester), D. N. Burrows (PSU), J. Cummings (GSFC/UMBC), M. De Pasquale 
(UCL-MSSL), P. A. Evans (U. Leicester), N. Gehrels (GSFC), O. Godet (U. 
Leicester), M. Page (UCL-MSSL), J. Osborne (U. Leicester), A. P. Parsons 
(GSFC), J. L. Racusin (PSU), M. Stamatikos (GSFC/ORAU), R.L.C. Starling 
(U. Leicester), G. Tagliaferri (INAF) report on behalf of the Swift Team

GRB 061217 was a short hard burst without any detected optical afterglow 
by Swift or ground follow-ups. There is a source at ~11 arcsec from the 
new XRT position (Evans, et al GCN 5947) in the SuperCosmos catalogue 
and is classified as a galaxy. Its position:

RA (J2000) = 10 41 39.6
Dec (J2000) = -21 07 35.5

and magnitudes:

B = 18.5
R1 = 16.9

It is also observed by UVOT (GCN 5934, mag. B ~18.3, V~17.6) and during 
follow-up of this burst by  SMARTS (GCN  5935) and VLT (GCN  5939). We 
encourage the observation of this source to confirm its classification 
as a galaxy and determine its redshift, if relevant.
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