A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC),
M. G. Bernardini (INAF-OAB), P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB),
A. Y. Lien (GSFC/UMBC) and B. Sbarufatti (PSU) report on behalf of the
Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Team:
At 13:36:51 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 181224A (trigger=878911). Swift did not slew to the burst
because of the Moon constraint. The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 125.931, +6.206, which is
RA(J2000) = 08h 23m 43s
Dec(J2000) = +06d 12' 20"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including
systematic uncertainty). The BAT light curves one peak with a total
duration of about 15 sec. The peak count rate
was ~1000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~1 sec after the trigger.
Due to a Moon observing constraint, Swift cannot slew to the BAT
position until 08:10 UT on 2018 December 26. There will thus be no XRT
or UVOT data for this trigger before this time.
Burst Advocate for this burst is A. Melandri (andrea.melandri AT brera.inaf.it).
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.)