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GCN Circular 1295

GRB020322, optical observations
2002-03-23T00:18:01Z (22 years ago)
Peter Garnavich at U of Notre Dame <>
A. Szentgyorgyi, K. Z. Stanek, S. Jha (CfA) and P. Garnavich (Notre Dame)

We imaged the BeppoSax position of GRB 020322 (GCN 1290) using
the FLWO 1.2m + 4shooter camera beginning Mar. 22.44  (UT).
Condidtions were not ideal, but no new sources were detected in
the R-band to the limit of the red digitized Palomar Sky Survey.
At the position of the XMM-Newton X-ray afterglow (GCN 1293)
we find no optical source within the 6" radius error circle
to a limit of R=22.5 mag. (based on USNO A2.0 R-band magnitudes).
However, there is a faint source just north of the the XMM error circle
at  RA=18:01:04.03  Dec=81:06:41.87 J2000 with R=21.9.  This
is close to the DSS limit and it is too faint to determine variability,
so we can not confirm that it is related to the X-ray afterglow. An image
is available at:

The source noted by Bloom et al. (GCN 1294), is below our detection

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