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GCN Circular 33121

Subject
GRB 221226A: Swift/BAT-GUANO detection outside the coded FOV
Date
2022-12-29T01:11:32Z (a year ago)
From
Aaron Tohuvavohu at U Toronto <aaron.tohu@gmail.com>
Gayathri Raman (PSU), James DeLaunay (UAlabama), Aaron Tohuvavohu (U
Toronto), Jamie A. Kennea (PSU) report:

Swift/BAT did not localize GRB 221126A onboard (T0:
2022-12-26T16:44:27 UTC, Fermi/GBM GCN 33104).

The Fermi notice, distributed in near real-time, triggered the Swift
Mission Operations Center operated Gamma-ray Urgent Archiver for Novel
Opportunities (GUANO; Tohuvavohu et al. 2020, ApJ, 900, 1).

Upon trigger by this notice, GUANO sent a command to the Swift Burst
Alert Telescope (BAT) to save 200 seconds of BAT event-mode data from
[-50,+150] seconds around the time of the burst. All the requested
event mode data was delivered to the ground.

The BAT likelihood search, NITRATES (DeLaunay + Tohuvavohu,
arXiv:2111.01769), detects the burst with a sqrt(TS) of 25.4 in a
8.192 s analysis time bin.

NITRATES results indicate a burst coming from outside the FOV, with
DeltaLLHOut of -9.

See Section 9.1 and Figures 10 and 17 in the NITRATES paper for brief
descriptions and interpretation of sqrt(TS), DeltaLLHPeak, and
DeltaLLHOut.

GUANO is a fully autonomous, extremely low latency, spacecraft
commanding pipeline designed for targeted recovery of BAT event mode
data around the times of compelling astrophysical events to enable
more sensitive GRB searches.

A live reporting of Swift/BAT event data recovered by GUANO can be
found at: https://www.swift.psu.edu/guano/
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