Status Report

GRB050904: Swift-BAT detection of a probable burst

By SpaceRef Editor
September 6, 2005
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GRB050904: Swift-BAT detection of a probable burst

NUMBER: 3910
SUBJECT: GRB050904: Swift-BAT detection of a probable burst
DATE: 05/09/04 03:07:21 GMT
FROM: Scott Barthelmy at NASA/GSFC

J. Cummings (GSFC/NRC), L. Angelini (GSFC), S. Barthelmy (GSFC), A. Cucchiara (PSU), N. Gehrels (GSFC), C. Gronwall (PSU), S.T. Holland (GSFC), V. Mangano (INAF-IASF), F. Marshall (GSFC), C. Pagani (PSU), D. Palmer (LANL) on behalf of the Swift team:

At 01:51:44 UT, Swift-BAT triggered and located GRB050904 (trigger=153514). The spacecraft slewed immediately. The BAT on-board calculated location is RA,Dec 13.670d,+14.138d {00h 54m 41s,+14d 08′ 17″} (J2000), with an uncertainty of 3 arcmin (radius, 90% containment, stat+sys). This was a 64-sec image trigger. The BAT light curve shows hints of emission, but it is not possible to separate source variations from background variations at this early stage in the analysis. Given that this is at high galactic latitude, we believe this is a burst rather than a hard x-ray transient. There is nothing in SIMBAD nor in the BAT Active Source list near this location.

XRT slewed promptly to the target and observation started at 01:54:25 UT (T+161 sec) with XRT in auto state. XRT revealed an uncatalogued fading point source at RA (J2000): 00h 54m 50.4s Dec (J2000): +14d 05′ 08.5″ with an uncertainty of 6 arsec (radius), 3.9 arcmin from the BAT position.

The UVOT began observing at 01:54:28 UT, 164 s after the BAT trigger. The UVOT image is 3 arcmin away from the XRT position, so it does not intersect the XRT or BAT error circle. We cannot tell whether there is an optical counterpart at this time.

We are currently in the portion of the orbits where the spacecraft does not pass over the Malindi downlink station. Therefore, it will be 4 hours before we have access to the full data set for the refined analyses.

SpaceRef staff editor.