Skip to main content
New Announcement Feature, Code of Conduct, Circular Revisions. See news and announcements

GCN Circular 4352

GRB 051215: Swift detection of a possible burst
2005-12-15T01:32:29Z (18 years ago)
Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC <>
S.T. Holland (GSFC/USRA), S. Barthelmy (GSFC), D. Burrows (PSU),
J. Cummings (GSFC/NRC), N. Gehrels (GSFC), C. Gronwall (PSU),
J. Kennea (PSU), H. Krimm (GSFC/USRA), D. Palmer (LANL),
M. Perri (ASDC)
on behalf of the Swift team:

At 00:39:49 UT, Swift-BAT triggered and located possible GRB 051215
(trigger=172767).  The spacecraft slewed immediately.  The BAT on-board
calculated location is RA,Dec 163.139d,+38.626d {10h 52m 33s,+38d 37' 34"}
(J2000), with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, stat+sys).
The TDRSS lightcurve is consistent with noise which means it is either a weak
short burst (less than ~0.1 sec) or a cosmic ray event.  We can not determine
which until we get the full data set during the next Malindi downlink
in about 3 hours.

XRT began observing the field at 00:41:08 UT, 79 seconds after the BAT trigger.
The on-board centroiding algorithm did not converge on a source, so no prompt
X-ray position is available.  The XRT prompt spectrum and lightcurve show
no signficant X-ray emission in the field.  Further analysis will require
processing of the XRT full telemetry data following the next ground station

UVOT began observing at UT 00:41:06, 77 seconds after the BAT trigger.  
There is no new source with respect to the DSS in a 200 second V-band finding 
chart image to a limiting magnitude of V=19.3.  The extinction towards this
field is A_V = 0.05.  The finding chart image covers 12% of the BAT error

The TDRSS Notices were delayed by ~7 min due to this trigger happening during
a Malindi downlink pass when TDRSS is buffered for delayed transmission.
Looking for U.S. government information and services? Visit