A. Copete, J. Grindlay (Harvard)
S. Barthelmy, C. Markwardt, N. Gehrels (NASA/GSFC)
We report the detection of a likely GRB candidate by the BAT Slew
Survey (BATSS), pending confirmation by Swift XRT, in the slew that
started at 13:54:02 UT and lasted 94 sec. The ground-calculated
position is RA, Dec = 49.865, +18.478 deg, which is
RA (J2000) = 03h 19m 28s
Dec(J2000) = +18d 28' 40"
with an uncertainty of 3.69 arcmin (90% confidence, including
systematics). The detection was triggered by simultaneous detections
of 6.9 sigma and 8.0 sigma from imaging in the overlapping energy
bands of 15-50 keV and 15-150 keV, respectively. The burst mask-tagged
lightcurve in the 15-150keV band shows a broad emission peak starting
at T+66 sec, lasting 19 sec, and peaking 3 times at T+71, T+74 and t+ T
+81 sec. T90 = 16sec and T50 = 8sec.
The time-averaged spectrum over the exposure time of the source is
best fit by a simple power law with photon index 1.35, and the fluence
in the 15-150 keV band is 4.0 x 10^-7 erg/cm^2.
A follow-up Swift ToO observation has been scheduled to begin at 20:52
UT, 6.97 hours after the burst. Optical/IR observers are encouraged to
image this field as soon as possible as it is an early-evening object.