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GCN Circular 7569

Subject
GRB 080319B: HST observations
Date
2008-04-08T00:55:27Z (16 years ago)
From
Nial Tanvir at IofA U.Cambridge <nrt@ast.cam.ac.uk>
N. R. Tanvir (U. Leicester), A. J. Levan (U. Warwick),
A. S. Fruchter, J. Graham (STScI), K. Wiersema, E. Rol (U. Leicester)
report on behalf of a larger collaboration:

We obtained observations of GRB 080319B (GCN 7427) with HST/WFPC2 in
F606W and F814W filters on 2008 April 7th (2 orbits in each filter).

These data show the fading afterglow at magnitude F(814W_AB)=24.2
and F(606W_AB)=24.5.  This fading is consistent within
the errors with a continued power-law decline in optical
brightness.

PSF subtraction reveals no obvious sign of an underlying host galaxy,
although there is what appears to be a separate galaxy 1.5 arcsec to
the south, which might be producing one of the foreground absorption
systems (GCN 7451).

A colour image showing the field around the GRB is available at:

 http://www.star.le.ac.uk/~nrt3/080319b.html

Further analysis is ongoing.
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