Gamma-ray Burst 130829A
(All information courtesy of the instrument teams.)
Previous IAU Circulars
Results of Observations
- GCN Circular #15131
D. Grupe (PSU), D. N. Burrows (PSU), S. T. Holland (STScI),
J. A. Kennea (PSU), A. Y. Lien (NASA/GSFC/ORAU),
C. J. Mountford (U Leicester), P. T. O'Brien (U Leicester) and
M. H. Siegel (PSU) report on behalf of the Swift Team:
At 05:43:33 UT, the Swift Burst Alert Telescope (BAT) triggered and
located GRB 130829A (trigger=568417). Swift could not slew to the
burst location due to a Sun constraint. Due to this source's apparent
proximity to the Galaxy NGC 4144, this was originally reported as a
transient and no GCN circular was issued.
Using the data set from T-239 to T+303 sec from the recent telemetry downlink,
we report the detection of BAT GRB 130829A (trigger #568417).
The BAT ground-calculated position is
RA, Dec = 182.426, 46.520 deg which is
RA(J2000) = 12h 09m 42.1s
Dec(J2000) = +46d 31' 10.8"
with an uncertainty of 1.3 arcmin, (radius, sys+stat, 90% containment).
The partial coding was 84%.
The mask-weighted light curve shows a long peak starting from ~T+34 and
ending at ~T+77. T90 (15-350 keV) is 42.56 +- 7.08 sec (estimated error
The time-averaged spectrum from T+30.86 to T+87.50 sec is best fit by a simple
power-law model. The power law index of the time-averaged spectrum is
1.36 +- 0.12. The fluence in the 15-150 keV band is 1.2 +- 0.1 x 10^-06 erg/cm2.
The 1-sec peak photon flux measured from T+50.90 sec in the 15-150 keV band
is 0.6 +- 0.1 ph/cm2/sec. All the quoted errors are at the 90% confidence
The results of the batgrbproduct analysis are available at
The nominal (Simbad) coordinates of galaxy NGC 4144 are
2.8 arcmin East and 3.8 arcmin North of the BAT GRB location.
This places the entire BAT error circle outside of the bright
visible area of the galaxy, but the position would be consistent
with an extended spherical halo.
Due to an observing constraint, Swift XRT or UVOT cannot observe
this region until September 24th, 2013.
Burst Advocate for this burst is D. Grupe (dxg35 AT psu.edu).
Please contact the BA by email if you require additional information
regarding Swift followup of this burst. In extremely urgent cases, after
trying the Burst Advocate, you can contact the Swift PI by phone (see
Swift TOO web site for information: http://www.swift.psu.edu/too.html.)
- GCN Circular #15134
D. Xu (DARK/NBI), D. Malesani (DARK/NBI), J. P. U. Fynbo (DARK/NBI),
A. A. Djupvik (NOT), Y. Martinez-Osorio (NOT) report on behalf of a
We observed the BAT field of GRB 130829A (Grupe et al., GCN 15131)
using the 2.5 Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) equipped with StanCam. We
obtained 4x300s R-band frames at a mean time of 20:46 UT on
2013-08-29, i.e., 15.05 hr after the BAT trigger. Observations were
carried out at high airmass, and the resulting seeing was about 1
arcsec. Our images cover 96% of the BAT error circle.
Our image reaches a depth comparable to the SDSS, roughly R = 22.7.
Visual comparison between our data and the SDSS image reveals no new
source within the BAT error circle.
- GCN Circular #15136
A. Volnova (IKI), R.Inasaridze (AAO), O. Kvaratskhelia (AAO), V.
Ayvazian(AAO), I. Molotov (KIAM), A. Pozanenko (IKI) report on behalf
of larger GRB follow-up collaboration:
We observed the field of the Swift GRB 130829A (Grupe et al., GCN 15131)
with AS-32 (0.7m) telescope of Abastumani Observatory on Aug. 29
starting (UT) 18:56. We obtained several unfiltered images of 120 s
exposure. Our images cover 100% of the BAT error circle. In the BAT
error localization GRB 130829A (Grupe et al., GCN 15131) we do not
identify any new source in comparison with SDSS. A photometry of
combined image against nearby SDSS stars (R magnitude, transformed by
Lupton gri -> R transformation) is following
Date T_start t-t0, exp, OT UL
(UT) mid, d s
2013-08-29 18:55:48 0.56442 9x120 n/d 20.6
- GCN Report 478.1
GCN_Report 478.1 has been posted:
by D. Grupe
titled: "Swift Observations of GRB 130829A"
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