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GCN Circular 32867

Subject
GRB 221027B: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2022-10-27T19:32:47Z (a year ago)
From
Jamie Kennea at Penn State U <jak51@psu.edu>
A. Y. Lien (U Tampa), E. Ambrosi (INAF-IASFPA), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA),
V. D'Elia (SSDC & INAF-OAR), S. Dichiara (PSU), J.D. Gropp (PSU),
J. A. Kennea (PSU), N. J. Klingler (GSFC/UMBC/CRESSTII),
H. A. Krimm (NSF), F. E. Marshall (NASA/GSFC),
K. L. Page (U Leicester), D. M. Palmer (LANL),
T. M. Parsotan (GSFC/UMBC/CRESSTII) and B. Sbarufatti (INAF-OAB)
report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Team:

At 19:13:38 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 221027B (trigger=1131397).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 225.603, +47.448 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 15h 02m 25s
   Dec(J2000) = +47d 26' 53"
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 15 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~2000 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~0 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 19:15:44.9 UT, 126.2 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a fading,
uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 225.62105,
47.44193 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 15h 02m 29.05s
   Dec(J2000) = +47d 26' 30.9"
with an uncertainty of 1.9 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 49 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 https://www.swift.ac.uk/sper. 

A power-law fit to a spectrum formed from promptly downlinked event
data gives a column density in excess of the Galactic value (2.88 x
10^20 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 2.4
(+1.76/-1.55) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 130 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
0.033. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is A. Y. Lien (yarleen AT gmail.com). 
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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