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GCN Circular 20631

Subject
GRB 170208A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2017-02-08T18:27:27Z (7 years ago)
From
Jamie A. Kennea at PSU/Swift-XRT <kennea@swift.psu.edu>
A. Cholden-Brown (PSU), D. N. Burrows (PSU), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), K. L. Page (U Leicester),
B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB/PSU) and M. H. Siegel (PSU) report on behalf
of the Swift Team:

At 18:11:16 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 170208A (trigger=737438).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 166.563, -46.779 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 11h 06m 15s
   Dec(J2000) = -46d 46' 43"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed a multi-peaked
structure with a duration of about 10 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~4000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 18:13:16.4 UT, 120.2 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a fading,
uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 166.5643,
-46.7674 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 11h 06m 15.44s
   Dec(J2000) = -46d 46' 02.6"
with an uncertainty of 2.1 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 41 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. This position may be improved as more data are received;
the latest position is available at http://www.swift.ac.uk/sper. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density in excess of the Galactic value (1.25 x
10^21 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 2.4
(+2.01/-1.79) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 124 seconds after the BAT trigger. No credible afterglow candidate has
been found in the initial data products. The 2.7'x2.7' sub-image covers none of
the XRT error circle. The 8'x8' region for the list of sources generated
on-board covers 100% of the BAT 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 0.13. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is A. Cholden-Brown (aaronb AT swift.psu.edu). 
Please contact the BA by email if you require additional information
regarding Swift followup of this burst. In extremely urgent cases, after
trying the Burst Advocate, you can contact the Swift PI by phone (see
Swift TOO web site for information: http://www.swift.psu.edu/too.html.)
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