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GCN Circular 17303

Swift detection of the variable star SZ Psc
2015-01-15T09:36:31Z (9 years ago)
Kim Page at U.of Leicester <>
V. D'Elia (ASDC), M. De Pasquale (INAF-IASFPA),
P. A. Evans (U Leicester), H. A. Krimm (CRESST/GSFC/USRA),
A. Maselli (INAF-IASFPA), K. L. Page (U Leicester), T. Sakamoto (AGU)
and B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:

At 09:08:42 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located a source (trigger=625898).  Swift slewed immediately to this location. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 348.364, +2.679 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 23h 13m 27s
   Dec(J2000) = +02d 40' 45"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  This is a 320-s image trigger. 
As is usual with an image trigger, the
rapidly available BAT light curve shows no significant features. 

The XRT began observing the field at 09:15:03.4 UT, 380.5 seconds after
the BAT trigger. XRT found a bright X-ray source located at RA, Dec
348.3493, 2.6753 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = +23h 13m 23.83s
   Dec(J2000) = +02d 40' 31.1"
with an uncertainty of 4.9 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 54 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. This position is 4.1 arcseconds from that of a known
X-ray source: XMMSL1 J231323.5+024033 in the XMM-NEWTON XMMSLEWCLN
catalogue, also known as SZ Psc, a RS CVn variable type. 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 3.72e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 389 seconds after the BAT trigger. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers 100% of
the XRT error circle. The source appears saturated. 
The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated on-board covers 100% of the
XRT error circle. The list of sources is typically complete to about 18 mag. No
correction has been made for the expected extinction corresponding to E(B-V) of
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