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GCN Circular 8148

Enhanced Swift-XRT position of SGR 0501+4516
2008-08-27T19:10:32Z (16 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
P.A. Evans and J.P. Osborne (U. Leicester) report on behalf of the
Swift-XRT team:

Using 9.1 ks of XRT Photon Counting mode data and 35 UVOT images, we find 
an astrometrically corrected X-ray position for SGR 0501+4516 (using the 
XRT-UVOT alignment and matching UVOT field sources to the USNO-B1 
catalogue): RA, Dec = 75.27834, +45.27649 which is equivalent to:

RA (J2000):   05h 01m 6.80s
Dec (J2000):  +45d 16' 35.4"

with an uncertainty of 1.4 arcsec (radius, 90% confidence). This 
position is consistent with the possible infra-red counterpart (Tanvir &
Varricatt, GCN Circ. 8126).

The position enhancement process is described by Goad et al. (2007, A&A,
476, 1401, the current
algorithm is an extension of this method.

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