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GCN Circular 14355

Swift detection of IGR J18245-2452
2013-03-30T02:50:40Z (11 years ago)
David Palmer at LANL <>
S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), D. N. Burrows (PSU), V. D'Elia (ASDC),
S. T. Holland (STScI), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
C. B. Markwardt (NASA/GSFC), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC) and
D. M. Palmer (LANL) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 02:22:21 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located the recently-discovered source IGR J18245-2452 (ATel #4925,
Eckert et al) (trigger=552336).  Swift slewed immediately to the source. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 276.104, -24.875 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 18h 24m 25s
   Dec(J2000) = -24d 52' 27"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  As is typical for an image trigger, the
immediately available lightcurve data shows no obvious variation. 

The XRT began observing the field at 02:25:32.34 UT, 190.7 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find an X-ray source
located at RA, Dec 276.13519, -24.86810 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 18h 24m 32.45s
   Dec(J2000) = -24d 52' 05.2"
with an uncertainty of 4.0 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 104 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the
BAT error circle; and 8.7 arcseconds from the location of the center of
globular cluster M28. The XRT position may be improved as more data are 
received; the latest position is available at This position is 41.6 arcseconds from the 
center of the 1.4 arcminute INTEGRAL error circle, and therefore consistent
with the source being IGR J18245-2452. This position is also 2.4 arcseconds from 
that of a known X-ray source: 1RXH J182432.6-245205 in the ROSAT ROSHRI
catalogue. The catalogued count-rate of this source is equivalent to
approximately 0.013 XRT count/sec; the mean count-rate in the
promptly-available XRT data is 0.80 count/sec. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 1.73
x 10^21 cm^-2 (Kalberla et al. 2005). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the U filter starting
868 seconds after the BAT trigger. No credible counterpart has been
found in the initial data products. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 100% of the
XRT error circle. Because of the density of catalogued stars, further analysis
is required to report an upper limit for any counterpart in the sub-image. The
8'x8' region for the list of sources generated on-board covers 0.00% of the XRT
error circle.
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