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GCN Circular 32646

Subject
GRB 221009A (Swift J1913.1+1946): MeerLICHT observations
Date
2022-10-10T09:14:47Z (a year ago)
From
Simon de Wet at UCT <dwtsim002@myuct.ac.za>
S. de Wet (UCT), P.J. Groot (Radboud/UCT/SAAO) report on behalf of the
MeerLICHT consortium:

Following the detection by Swift of a bright hard new X-ray and optical
transient (Dichiara et al., GCN 32632), the 0.6m wide-field MeerLICHT
telescope, located at Sutherland, South Africa, started automatic
observations of the BAT error box beginning at 17:49:44 UT on 2022 October
9. Observations consisted of 60s exposures in the q,u,g,r,i,z bands
following the sequence quqgqrqiqz and continued for approximately 1 hour.
Some of our observations were affected by cirrus clouds.

We detect a source at the Swift/UVOT position (Dichiara et al., GCN 32632)
consistent with other optical detections (Lipunov et al., GCN 32634; Perley
et al., GCN 32638; Broens, GCN 32640), and report the following 3-sigma
u-band upper limit and detections in the AB magnitude system:

u > 17.91 at 18:06:27 UT
g = 18.22 +/- 0.33 at 18:21:07 UT
q = 17.19 +/- 0.07 at 18:05:00 UT
r = 17.76 +/- 0.08 at 18:23:59 UT
i = 15.58 +/- 0.03 at 18:26:56 UT
z = 14.89 +/- 0.03 at 18:29:55 UT

MeerLICHT is built and run by a consortium consisting of Radboud
University, University of Cape Town, the South African Astronomical
Observatory, the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and the
University of Amsterdam.
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