K. L. Page (U Leicester), B. Sbarufatti (PSU) and A. Tohuvavohu (PSU)
report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Team:
At 13:54:09 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located MAXI J1348-630 (trigger=886266). Swift slewed immediately to the target.
The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 207.045, -63.265 which is
RA(J2000) = 13h 48m 11s
Dec(J2000) = -63d 15' 54"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including
systematic uncertainty). As is normal for an image trigger, the
light-curve showed no significant structure.
The XRT began observing the field at 13:56:25.2 UT, 135.5 seconds after
the BAT trigger. XRT found a bright X-ray source located
at RA, Dec 207.0563, -63.2742 which is equivalent to:
RA(J2000) = 13h 48m 13.51s
Dec(J2000) = -63d 16' 27.1"
with an uncertainty of 5.9 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). No
event data are yet available to determine the column density using
The initial flux in the 0.1 s image was 1.82e-08 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 5 seconds with the White filter
starting 143 seconds after the BAT trigger. There is a candidate afterglow in
the rapidly available 2.7'x2.7' sub-image at
RA(J2000) = 13:48:12.86 = 207.05359
DEC(J2000) = -63:16:28.5 = -63.27459
with a 90%-confidence error radius of about 0.69 arc sec. This position is 4.6
arc sec. from the center of the XRT error circle. The estimated magnitude is
16.60 with a 1-sigma error of about 0.18. No correction has been made for the
large, but uncertain, extinction expected.