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GCN Circular 4103

GRB 051016B: Swift detection of a soft burst
2005-10-16T19:18:13Z (18 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
A. Parsons (GSFC), S. Barthelmy (GSFC), A. Beardmore (U. Leicester),
P. Boyd (GSFC), D. Burrows (PSU), J. Cummings (GSFC/NRC), N. Gehrels (GSFC),
O. Godet (U. Leicester), C. Gronwall (PSU), J. Kennea (PSU),
H. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), F. Marshall (GSFC), D. Palmer (LANL), T. Sakamoto (GSFC)
on behalf of the Swift team:

At 18:28:09 UT, Swift-BAT triggered and located GRB 051016B (trigger=159994).
The BAT on-board calculated location is RA,Dec 132.067d,+13.658d
{08h 48m 16s,+13d 39' 27"} (J2000), with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin
(radius, 90% containment, stat+sys).  The BAT light curve shows a double peak
structure with a total duration of at least 15 sec -- the slew started at
T+15 sec, so determination of the full duration will have to wait until
after the full data set is downlinked.  The peak count rate was ~2200
counts/sec (15-150 keV), at ~1 and 3 seconds after the trigger.  Initial
inspection of the 4-channel lightcurves shows this burst to be soft.

The spacecraft slewed promptly and the XRT began observing the GRB
at 18:29:24 UT, 75 sec after the BAT trigger.  An uncatalogued source
was found by the on-board centroiding algorithm at
RA(J2000)=08h 48m 27.6s
Dec(J2000)=+13d 39' 25.5"
with an uncertainty of 8 arcsec radius (90% containment).
This position lies 168 arcsec from the center of the BAT error circle.
The initial flux is approximately 4.6e-10 ergs/cm2/s.
The count rate decreases during the first 100 seconds.

UVOT began observing the field at 18:29:26 UT, 77 sec after the BAT trigger.
The small image contains the entire XRT error circle.  This image contains
no new sources down to a limiting magnitude of 18.7 (3-sigma).
No new source was seen in the list of sources from the entire UVOT
field of view.  E(B-V) in the direction of the XRT position is 0.037.
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