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GCN Circular 6086

Subject
GRB 070209: Swift detection of a short hard burst
Date
2007-02-09T03:53:23Z (17 years ago)
From
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <scott@lheamail.gsfc.nasa.gov>
G. Sato (GSFC/ISAS), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), D. N. Burrows (PSU),
M. M. Chester (PSU), C. Gronwall (PSU),
S. T. Holland (CRESST/GSFC/USRA), S. Immler (GSFC/USRA),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), D. M. Palmer (LANL), M. Perri (ASDC),
M. Stamatikos (NASA/ORAU), G. Stratta (ASDC) and
D. E. Vanden Berk (PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 03:33:41 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 070209 (trigger=259803).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 46.237, -47.370 which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  03h 04m 57s
   Dec(J2000) = -47d 22' 11"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve shows a single spike
with a duration of about 0.2 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~2500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began taking data at 03:34:59 UT, 78 seconds after the BAT
trigger.  The XRT on-board centroid algorithm did not find a source in the
image and no prompt position is available.  We are waiting for down-linked
data to detect and determine a position for the source. 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 100 seconds with the White
(160-650 nm) filter starting 83 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 18.5 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 mag. No
correction has been made for the expected extinction corresponding to
E(B-V) of 0.01.
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