GCN Circulars are rapid astronomical bulletins submitted by and distributed to community members worldwide.
- Circulars are brief, citeable, and human-readable.
- Circulars can announce observations, quantitative near-term predictions, requests for follow-up observations, or future observing plans.
Circulars allow the GRB community to email messages to a central queue where they are automatically vetted and distributed to the entire GRB community. These prose-style messages allow the community to coordinate and make optimum use of its limited resources.
To receive or submit to this GCN Circular list, you must first be added to the vetted list. The purpose is to prevent spam and other unwanted messages. Incoming emails from an address that is not part of the list will be rejected.
You can request access through the sign up page. There are no restrictions to being added to the list. It is recommended that you send an email to Scott Barthelmy who will confirm that your account name and domain are correct.
Please follow the style guidelines. In particular, the email subject must contain at least one of the following case-sensitive strings:
A copy of the body of you email will be distributed along with the following header:
TITLE: GCN CIRCULAR NUMBER: <serial number> SUBJECT: <exact copy of your email subject> DATE: <date and time> FROM: <the name and email you used to register>
We will verify that you are a valid submitter. Make sure you are submitting your email from the address you used to sign up.
You will receive either a success or a problem report:
- If you are valid submitter, within 2 to 3 minutes you will receive three emails as notification of success:
- An immediate email that your submission was a success
- A generic email message that your submission was successful and was distributed
- An email giving the number of recipients your Circular was distributed to and the time difference from first to last. In addition, you will receive a copy of the outgoing Circular if you have elected to receive them.
- If your submission was rejected, within a minute you will be notified via email along with an explanation of the possible reasons for this and what remedies you can employ to allow a successful resubmission.
GCN Circulars are atuomatically archived. There are various ways to access past Circulars: