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GCN Circular 3704

GRB050730: Swift-BAT detection of a weak burst
2005-07-30T21:00:41Z (19 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
S.T. Holland (GSFC/USRA), S. Barthelmy (GSFC), D.N. Burrows (PSU),
C. Gronwall (PSU), J. Kennea (PSU), N. Gehrels (GSFC), D. Palmer (LANL),
A. Parsons (GSFC), P. Schady (MSSL),
on behalf of the Swift team:

At 19:58:23 UT, Swift-BAT triggered and located GRB050730 (trigger=148225).
The spacecraft slewed immediately.  The BAT on-board calculated location
is RA,Dec 212.065d,-3.762d {14h 08m 16s,-03d 45' 41"} (J2000), with an
uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, stat+sys).  The BAT
light curve shows a broad weak bump with a total duration of 30-40 sec.
The peak count rate was ~500 counts/sec (15-350 keV).

The XRT began observing at 20:00:33 UT, 130 seconds after the BAT trigger.
XRT was unable to centroid on any source, however the downlinked lightcurve
shows a bright variable source is present in the XRT field of view.
There are no catalogued X-ray sources in the field, suggesting that this
bright source is the GRB afterglow.

The Swift Ultra-Violet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) observations began at
20:00:22 UT, 119 seconds after the BAT trigger.  The first data taken
in the V band after the spacecraft settled was a 100 sec exposure.
A comparison against the DSS catalogue reveals a possible new source inside
the BAT error circle at 14h 08m 17.09s,-3d 46' 18.9" +- 1 arcsec (radius,
sys+stat, 90% c.l., J2000).  The V band magnitude was 17.62 +- 0.22.

It is noted that the position of this GRB lies in the direction
of the Galaxy Cluster ZwCl 1406-0334 (z=0.088).  The s/c is currently
in the gap of downlink passes, so further analysis will not be forthcoming
for at least 5 hours.
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