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GCN Circular 34339

Subject
GRB 230805B: Swift detection of a burst
Date
2023-08-05T11:49:08Z (7 months ago)
From
Jamie Kennea at Penn State U <jak51@psu.edu>
Via
email

S. B. Cenko (GSFC), A. D'Ai (INAF-IASFPA),
V. D'Elia (SSDC & INAF-OAR), J.D. Gropp (PSU), J. A. Kennea (PSU),
H. A. Krimm (NSF), N. P. M. Kuin (UCL-MSSL), S. Laha (GSFC/UMBC) and
M. H. Siegel (PSU) report on behalf of the Neil Gehrels Swift
Observatory Team:

At 11:23:51 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 230805B (trigger=1183217).  Swift slewed immediately to the burst. 
The BAT on-board calculated location is 
RA, Dec 207.747, +31.185 which is 
   RA(J2000) = 13h 50m 59s
   Dec(J2000) = +31d 11' 05"
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 60 sec.  The peak count rate
was ~1300 counts/sec (15-350 keV), at ~5 sec after the trigger. 

The XRT began observing the field at 11:27:03.3 UT, 192.3 seconds after
the BAT trigger. Using promptly downlinked data we find a fading,
uncatalogued X-ray source with an enhanced position: RA, Dec 207.74281,
31.19102 which is equivalent to:
   RA(J2000)  = 13h 50m 58.28s
   Dec(J2000) = +31d 11' 27.7"
with an uncertainty of 1.9 arcseconds (radius, 90% containment). This
location is 25 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 (1.41 x
10^20 cm^-2, Willingale et al. 2013), with an excess column of 3.6
(+2.86/-2.45) x 10^21 cm^-2 (90% confidence). 

UVOT took a finding chart exposure of 150 seconds with the White filter
starting 858 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
0.014. 

Burst Advocate for this burst is S. B. Cenko (brad.cenko AT nasa.gov). 
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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