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GCN Circular 7436

Subject
GRB 080319A: optical observations at the NOT
Date
2008-03-19T11:06:34Z (16 years ago)
From
Daniele Malesani at Niels Bohr Inst,Dark Cosmology Center <malesani@astro.ku.dk>
D. Malesani, J. P. U. Fynbo, P. M. Vreeswijk (DARK), C. Villforth (NOT), 
report on behalf of a larger collaboration:

We observed the field of GRB 080319A (Pagani et al., GCN 7426) with the 
Nordic Optical Telescope, starting on 2008 March 19.265 UT. Exposures in 
the R and I bands were secured.

We detect the afterglow reported by Cenko (GCN 7429). Compared to the 
USNO-B1 star 1340-0249427 at RA = 13:45:26.457, Dec = +44:04:45.56 (R1 = 
15.79), we measure R = 21.03 +- 0.09 on Mar 19.27088 UT (44.4 min after 
the GRB).

A finding chart is posted at:

http://www.astro.ku.dk/~malesani/GRB/080319A/080319A_finder.jpg

We acknowledge excellent support from the NOT observing staff.
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