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GCN Circular 8605

GRB 081203B: Swift-XRT candidate afterglow.
2008-12-03T23:13:37Z (15 years ago)
Boris Sbarufatti at INAF-IASF-Pa <>
B. Sbarufatti, V. La Parola, V. Mangano (INAF-IASF Pa) report on  
behalf of the Swift-XRT team:

Swift began observing the field of the Swift BAT Slew Survey (BATSS)  
GRB 081203B (Copete et al., GCN Circ. 8600, 8602) 16.7 ks after the  
trigger. Using 1419 s of XRT Photon Counting mode data we detect a  
single uncatalogued source inside the BAT error circle. Using the XRT  
data and 2 UVOT images, we find an astrometrically corrected X-ray  
position (using the XRT-UVOT alignment and matching UVOT field  
sources to the USNO-B1 catalogue): RA, Dec =
228.7993, 44.4284 which is equivalent to:

RA (J2000):  15 15 11.83
Dec (J2000): +44 25 42.3

with an uncertainty of 1.8 arcsec (radius, 90% confidence). The  
source lies 27 arcsec from the BAT centroid and has a count rate of  
~5.5e-1 counts/s during this observation.

It is not possible to determine whether this source is fading given  
the current statistics. Further observations are ongoing to clarify  
the nature of this source.

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