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GCN Circular 6232

GRB 070330: Swift detection of a burst
2007-03-30T23:22:06Z (17 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
D. Grupe (PSU), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), A. P. Beardmore (U Leicester),
M. M. Chester (PSU), C. Guidorzi (Univ Bicocca&INAF-OAB),
S. T. Holland (CRESST/GSFC/USRA), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
C. B. Markwardt (GSFC/UMD), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC),
D. M. Palmer (LANL), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-IASFPA),
M. Stamatikos (NASA/ORAU) and M. C. Stroh (PSU) report on behalf of
the Swift Team:

At 22:51:31 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 070330 (trigger=273180).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 269.519, -63.779 which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  17h 58m 05s
   Dec(J2000) = -63d 46' 44"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve shows a single peak
with a duration of about 10 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~1 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began taking data at 22:52:39 UT, 68 seconds after the BAT
trigger.  The XRT on-board centroid algorithm did not find a source,
however analysis of TDRSS data reveals a bright, fading uncatalogued point 
source at RA, Dec  269.5407, -63.7933 which is:
   RA(J2000)  =  17h 58m 09.8s
   Dec(J2000) = -63d 47' 35.7"
with an estimated uncertainty of 3.8 arcseconds radius (90% confidence). 
This position lies 62 arcsec from the BAT position. 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 400 seconds with the V filter
starting 65 seconds after the BAT trigger. Automated source detection
did not find an afterglow candidate, but visual inspection suggests a
marginal detection at RA, DEC = 269.5418, -63.7930 with an estimated
magnitude of 18.6. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 100% of the XRT
error circle. The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated
on-board covers 100% of the XRT error circle. The list of sources is
typically complete to about 18.0 mag. No correction has been made for
the expected extinction of about 0.2 magnitudes.
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