J.D. Gropp (PSU), A. P. Beardmore (U Leicester),
P. A. Evans (U Leicester), J. A. Kennea (PSU), H. A. Krimm (NSF/USRA),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), D. M. Palmer (LANL), B. Sbarufatti (PSU),
M. H. Siegel (PSU), R. L. C. Starling (U Leicester) and
A. Tohuvavohu (PSU) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
At 14:37:31 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 180925A (trigger=863421). Swift slewed immediately to the burst.
The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 315.213, -64.443 which is
RA(J2000) = 21h 00m 51s
Dec(J2000) = -64d 26' 35"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including
systematic uncertainty). The BAT light curve showed a complex
structure with a duration of at least 30 sec. The peak count rate
was ~3500 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~1 sec after the trigger.
The XRT began observing the field at 14:39:20.8 UT, 108.9 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 315.20546, -64.45727 which
is equivalent to:
RA(J2000) = 21h 00m 49.31s
Dec(J2000) = -64d 27' 26.2"
with an uncertainty of 4.5 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 52 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. No
spectrum from the promptly downlinked event data is yet available to
determine the column density.
The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 3.19e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 118 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
Burst Advocate for this burst is J.D. Gropp (jdg44 AT 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.)