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GCN Circular 25991

GRB 191011A: VLT X-shooter redshift from RRM Observations
2019-10-11T06:19:02Z (5 years ago)
Alexander Kann at IAA-CSIC <>
D. B. Malesani (DTU Space), A. de Ugarte Postigo (HETH/IAA-CSIC, 
DARK/NBI), D. A. Kann (HETH/IAA-CSIC), V. D'Elia (SSDC), J. P. U. Fynbo 
(DAWN/NBI), and G. Pugliese (Univ. Amsterdam) report on behalf of the 
Stargate Consortium:

We observed the localization of the Swift GRB 191011A (Laha et al., GCN 
25988) with X-shooter on the VLT in RRM mode. The optical afterglow 
(Laha et al., GCN 25988, Lipunov et al., GCN 25989) is well-detected, 
and we measure a magnitude of r' = 19.18 +/- 0.06 mag (AB) from the 15 s 
acquisition image obtained starting at 2019-10-11T04:59:12.540, 23.28 
min after the trigger, measured against PanSTARRS field stars.

In the first spectrum (integration time 175 s) we detect Ly-a, SII, OI, 
SiII, CII, SiIV, CIV, FeII, CI, AlII, AlIII, MnII, MgII, MgI, and FeII*, 
all at a common redshift z=1.722. We consider this the redshift of GRB 
191011A. We furthermore report the presence of an intervening MgII 
system at z=1.2072.

We acknowledge excellent support from the ESO observing staff in 
Paranal, in particular Chiara Mazzucchelli, Rodrigo Palominos, and 
Camila Navarrete.

NB: We note the detection of a Fermi GRB (The Fermi GBM team, GCN 25987) 
at essentially the same time and with similar light curve structure, 
however, this GRB is localized to the northern hemisphere.
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