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GCN Circular 4783

GRB 060218: Pre-burst detection of a possible host galaxy
2006-02-19T02:55:07Z (18 years ago)
Nestor Mirabal at U Michigan <>
N. Mirabal (U. Michigan) reports:

"Analysis of the SDSS pre-burst observations of the GRB 060218 field
(Cool et al. GCN #4777) reveals an extended object at 03h21m39.68s
+16:52:01.66 (J2000). Given the proximity of this object to the reported
XRT and UVOT positions for a candidate afterglow (Cusumano et al. GCN
#4775, Marshall et al. GCN #4779), this should be considered a potential 
host galaxy of a low-redshift GRB. Further multiwavelength observations 
are encouraged to confirm the reality of this trigger (Barbier et al. GCN 
#4780), and its possible association with this nearby galaxy. I 
acknowledge useful conversations with Richard Cool."
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