S. Dichiara (NASA/GSFC/UMCP), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC),
A. P. Beardmore (U Leicester), M. G. Bernardini (INAF-OAB),
A. A. Breeveld (UCL-MSSL), D. N. Burrows (PSU), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA),
P. D'Avanzo (INAF-OAB), P. A. Evans (U Leicester), J.D. Gropp (PSU),
J. A. Kennea (PSU), N. J. Klingler (PSU), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC),
A. Melandri (INAF-OAB), K. L. Page (U Leicester), B. Sbarufatti (PSU),
M. H. Siegel (PSU) and A. Tohuvavohu (PSU) report on behalf of the
Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Team:
At 12:59:59.42 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 190828B (trigger=922808). Swift slewed immediately to the burst.
The BAT on-board calculated location is
RA, Dec 251.818, 27.237 which is
RA(J2000) = 16h 47m 16s
Dec(J2000) = +27d 14' 12"
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 40 sec. The peak count rate
was ~3000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~10 sec after the trigger.
The XRT began observing the field at 13:00:54.1 UT, 54.7 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
fading, uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec
251.8317, 27.2808 which is equivalent to:
RA(J2000) = 16h 47m 19.60s
Dec(J2000) = +27d 16' 50.9"
with an uncertainty of 2.2 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 163 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
A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density consistent with the Galactic value of 6.84
x 10^20 cm^-2 (Willingale et al. 2013).
The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 2.12e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 63 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 S. Dichiara (dichiara AT umd.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/)