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GCN Circular 31136

GRB 211129A: Swift detection of a burst
2021-11-29T10:11:32Z (3 years ago)
Phil Evans at U of Leicester <>
J.D. Gropp (PSU), S. D. Barthelmy (GSFC), P. A. Evans (U Leicester),
N. J. Klingler (GSFC/UMBC/CRESSTII), K. L. Page (U Leicester) and
B. Sbarufatti (PSU) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
Observatory Team:

At 09:51:06 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 211129A (trigger=1085430).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 274.557, +31.776 which is 
   RA(J2000)  =  18h 18m 14s
   Dec(J2000) = +31d 46' 33"
with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, including 
systematic uncertainty).  The BAT light curve shows 3 major peaks
with a duration of about 200 sec.  The peak count rate was ~1400 counts/sec
(15-350 keV),
at ~3 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 09:52:19.7 UT, 73.5 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a bright,
uncatalogued X-ray source located at RA, Dec 274.58129, 31.78820 which
is equivalent to:
  RA(J2000)  = 18h 18m 19.51s
  Dec(J2000) = +31d 47' 17.5"
with an uncertainty of 4.0 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 86 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 
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 1.41e-09 erg cm^-2 s^-1 (0.2-10

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 83 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 J.D. Gropp (jdg44 AT 
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:
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