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GCN Circular 26108

Subject
GRB 191031C: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2019-10-31T18:55:34Z (4 years ago)
From
David Palmer at LANL <palmer@lanl.gov>
E. Ambrosi (INAF-IASFPA), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), J.D. Gropp (PSU),
N. J. Klingler (PSU), H. A. Krimm (NSF), S Laha (GSFC/UMBC/CRESST),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), K. L. Page (U Leicester) and
D. M. Palmer (LANL) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
Observatory Team:

At 18:43:54 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 191031C (trigger=932595).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 115.862, -62.335 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 07h 43m 27s
   Dec(J2000) = -62d 20' 04"
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 80 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~2400 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~4 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 18:45:16.2 UT, 81.3 seconds after
the BAT trigger. XRT found a bright, uncatalogued X-ray source located
at RA, Dec 115.8682, -62.3247 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 07h 43m 28.37s
   Dec(J2000) = -62d 19' 28.9"
with an uncertainty of 5.0 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 38 arcseconds from the BAT onboard position, within the BAT
error circle. No event data are yet available to determine the column
density using X-ray spectroscopy. 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 2.60e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
keV). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 90 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
0.17. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is E. Ambrosi (elena.ambrosi AT 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/)
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