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GCN Circular 23129

Subject
GRB 180812A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2018-08-12T08:37:38Z (6 years ago)
From
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <scott@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov>
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA),
V. D'Elia (ASDC), C. Gronwall (PSU), K. L. Page (U Leicester) and
E. Troja (NASA/GSFC/UMCP) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
Observatory Team:

At 08:22:30 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 180812A (trigger=852903).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 245.886, +74.670, which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  16h 23m 33s
   Dec(J2000) = +74d 40' 11"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve shows several peaks
with a total duration of about 25 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 08:24:17.6 UT, 107.5 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find an uncatalogued
X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 245.8360, 74.6647 which
is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 16h 23m 20.64s
   Dec(J2000) = +74d 39' 53.0"
with an uncertainty of 2.7 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 51 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.  We
cannot determine whether the source is fading at the present time. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density in excess of the Galactic value (4.37 x
10^20 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 4.8
(+4.29/-3.49) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 112 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 100% of
the XRT error circle. The typical 3-sigma upper limit has been about 19.6 mag. 
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
0.04. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is A. Y. Lien (amy.y.lien AT nasa.gov). 
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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