GCN Circular 18887
T.-W. Chen, T. Kruehler and J. Greiner (all MPE Garching) report on behalf of the GROND team: We observed the field of GRB 160117B (Sonbas et al., GCN 18875) simultaneously in g'r'i'z'JHK with GROND (Greiner et al. 2008, PASP 120, 405) mounted at the 2.2 m MPG telescope at ESO La Silla Observatory (Chile). Observations started at 00:54 UT on 2016-01-18, about 11 hours after the GRB trigger. The optical afterglow (Sonbas et al., GCN 18875; Yurkov et al., GCN 18877; Kruehler et al., GCN 18878, Malesani et al. GCN 18884, Hentunen et al. GCN 18885, de Ugarte Postigo et al. GCN 18886) is clearly detected in our images. Based on 29 min of total exposure in g'r'i'z' and 24 min in JHK at a midtime of 01:12 UT on 2016-01-18, we estimate the following preliminary magnitudes (all in the AB system): g' = 20.8 +- 0.1 mag r' = 20.7 +- 0.1 mag i' = 20.6 +- 0.1 mag z' = 20.4 +- 0.1 mag J = 20.0 +- 0.2 mag H = 19.8 +- 0.2 mag K > 18.9 mag Given magnitudes are calibrated against GROND zeropoints as well as 2MASS field stars and are not corrected for the expected Galactic foreground extinction corresponding to a reddening of E_(B-V)=0.058 mag in the direction of the burst (Schlafly & Finkbeiner 2011).