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GCN Circular 7097

Swift detection of MXB 0656-072
2007-11-16T18:18:40Z (17 years ago)
David Burrows at PSU/Swift <>
D. N. Burrows (PSU), J. R. Cummings (NASA/UMBC),
G. Cusumano (INAF-IASFPA), C. Guidorzi (Univ Bicocca&INAF-OAB),
S. T. Holland (CRESST/USRA/GSFC), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
H. A. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), V. Mangano (INAF-IASFPA),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), A. Moretti (INAF-OAB),
P. T. O'Brien (U Leicester), D. M. Palmer (LANL),
P. Romano (Univ. Bicocca & INAF-OAB), B. Sbarufatti (INAF-IASFPA),
M. Stamatikos (NASA/ORAU), R. L. C. Starling (U Leicester),
E. Troja (INAF-IASFPA), T. N. Ukwatta (GSFC/GWU) and
D. E. Vanden Berk (PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 17:40:37 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) found a source
that was not in its onboard catalog (trigger=296739) in a 320 second
exposure.  Swift slewed automatically to the location about 7 minutes
after discovery. The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 104.555, -7.202 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 06h 58m 13s
   Dec(J2000) = -07d 12' 07"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  This is consistent with the known source
MXB 0656-072, which has recently been showing increased activity
(ATELs #1281, #1283).  The TDRSS light curve shows no
obvious variability, as is typical for long image triggers. 

The XRT began observing the field at 17:53:55 UT, 798 seconds after the
BAT trigger. XRT found a bright X-ray source
located at RA, Dec 104.5711, -7.2086 which is
   RA(J2000)  =  06h 58m 17.0s
   Dec(J2000) = -07d 12' 30.9"
with an uncertainty of 5.4 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). 
We cannot tell from initial quick-look data whether the source is fading. 
This location is 62 arcseconds from the BAT on-board position,
within the BAT error circle and 4.1 arcminutes from the Simbad position 
of MXB 0656-072. The initial flux in the 2.5s image was 1.2e-09 erg/cm2/s
(0.2-10 keV). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 100 seconds with the White (160-650 nm)
filter starting 806 seconds after the BAT trigger. No afterglow candidate has
been found in the initial data products. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 100% of
the XRT 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
XRT error circle. The list of sources is typically complete to about 18 mag. No
correction has been made for the extinction of E(B-V) = 1.247. 

The Swift Narrow Field Instruments will continue to observe this
source for a couple of orbits before returning to the previous
observing schedule.
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