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GCN Circular 8848

Subject
1E1547.0-5408: Swift detection of dust halo
Date
2009-01-24T00:52:59Z (15 years ago)
From
Sandro Mereghetti at IASF/CNR <sandro@iasf-milano.inaf.it>
A.Tiengo, S.Mereghetti, G.Vianello, P.Esposito (INAF-IASF Milano), 
G.L.Israel (INAF-OAR), N.Rea (Amsterdam Univ.), D.Gotz (CeA Saclay), on 
behalf of a larger collaboration report:

A Swift/XRT observation performed on January 23 from 15:23 to 15:51 UT in 
Photon Counting mode shows the presence of a dust scattering halo around 
the position of the Anomalous X-ray Pulsar 1E1547.0-5408.

A bright ring with a radius of about 1 arcmin is clearly visible, but the 
observation is too short to detect expansion.

Assuming that this ring is due to the bright burst detected on Jan 22 at 
06:48:04 UT (Mereghetti et al. GCN 8841), and that the distance of 
1E1547.0-5408 is 10 kpc, the distance inferred for the dust layer 
responsible for the scattering is about 7 kpc.

Further observations to measure the time evolution of the dust scattering 
rings can provide tighter constraints.
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