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GRB ID Triggering
Alert time (T0) GRB RA (J2000) GRB Dec (J2000) H.E.S.S. window start H.E.S.S. window end Obs mode Reaction Contact


The above table summarizes H.E.S.S. GRB observations since the most recent camera upgrade in late 2019. It includes completed observations as well as planned ones. Please note that planned observations are subject to external effects such as weather conditions and technical difficulties, as well as burst advocate decisions, and are not guaranteed. In general, the H.E.S.S. burst advocate who is on call for a particular GRB will modify the table the morning after observations have been taken; after this point, the table elements will reflect the actual observations and not the planned ones.

The current H.E.S.S. GRB observation policy is to observe all well-localized GRBs that can be observed within 24 hours of the GRB trigger time, for the entirety of the observable window on the first night. H.E.S.S. also observes a subset of GRBs with larger localization uncertainties using a tiled observing pattern. We observe around 20-25 GRBs per year, of which roughly three quarters are observed with pointed observations and a quarter with tiled observations. In general, a small fraction of GRBs that pass our observing criteria are never observed due to burst advocate decision. Possible reasons are: The delay time is long and the observable window is short; the GRB notice was later retracted; the GRB was determined to be at a large redshift.

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