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GCN Circular 26135

Subject
GRB 191101A: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2019-11-01T21:33:39Z (4 years ago)
From
David Palmer at LANL <palmer@lanl.gov>
A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA), E. Ambrosi (INAF-IASFPA), V. D'Elia (SSDC),
J. A. Kennea (PSU), N. J. Klingler (PSU), N. P. M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL),
F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC), D. M. Palmer (LANL) and M. H. Siegel (PSU)
report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Team:

At 21:08:03 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 191101A (trigger=932742).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 251.844, +43.754 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 16h 47m 23s
   Dec(J2000) = +43d 45' 15"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve showed a complex structure
with a duration of about 20 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1200 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 21:09:42.4 UT, 99.0 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 251.83474, 43.74103 which
is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 16h 47m 20.34s
   Dec(J2000) = +43d 44' 27.7"
with an uncertainty of 4.0 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 52 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 http://www.swift.ac.uk/sper.  We
cannot determine whether the source is fading at the present time. No
spectrum from the promptly downlinked event data is yet available to
determine the column density. 

The initial flux in the 2.5 s image was 8.42e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10
keV). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 109 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 none of
the XRT error circle. 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 0.01. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is A. D'Ai (antonino.dai 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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