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GCN Circular 10561

Swift detection of LS V +44 17
2010-04-01T19:51:03Z (14 years ago)
David Palmer at LANL <>
G. Stratta (ASDC), W. H. Baumgartner (GSFC/UMBC),
S. Campana (INAF-OAB), P. A. Curran (UCL-MSSL), V. D'Elia (ASDC),
N. Gehrels (NASA/GSFC), J. M. Gelbord (PSU),
S. T. Holland (CRESST/USRA/GSFC), E. A. Hoversten (PSU),
J. A. Kennea (PSU), W.B Landsman (GSFC), J. Mao (INAF-OAB),
C. B. Markwardt (CRESST/GSFC/UMD), D. M. Palmer (LANL),
M. H. Siegel (PSU), M. Stamatikos (OSU/NASA/GSFC), M. A. Stark (PSU),
R. L. C. Starling (U Leicester) and E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/ORAU) report
on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 18:34:10 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located trigger 418109.  Swift slewed to the location at the end
of the trigger image interval.  The BAT on-board calculated location
is RA, Dec 70.262, +44.512 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 04h 41m 03s
   Dec(J2000) = +44d 30' 44"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  This is an image trigger (30 minute duration). 
The position is consistent with the known Be X-ray pulsar LS V +44 17, 
which was recently reported to be active (Morii et al, ATEL #2527). 

BAT has been detecting this source with marginal significance over
the past few days, with the first detection (~60 mCrab) on
2010 March 29 at 21:39 UT. 

The XRT began observing the field at 19:08:39.4 UT, 2069.0 seconds
after the BAT trigger. XRT found a bright X-ray source located at RA,
Dec 70.2497, +44.5297 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 04h 41m 00.07s
   Dec(J2000) = +44d 31' 46.9"
with an uncertainty of 5.2 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 71 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. 

XRT position is consistent with LS V +44 17. 
No event data are yet available to determine the column density using
X-ray spectroscopy. 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 1.60e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White
filter  starting 2080 seconds after the BAT trigger. LS V +44 17 is
bright at the XRT position and compromised by coincidence loss at a
level which is uncorrectable.  The SIMBAD magnitude for the source is
V = 10.7, which is consistent with the UVOT image although more
quantitative statements cannot be made.
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