Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2-21-1997

Publication Title

The Astrophysical Journal


The American Astronomical Society


A recent study has presented marginal statistical evidence that gamma-ray burst sources are correlated with Abell clusters, based on analyses of bursts in the BATSE 3B catalog. Using precise localization information from the 3rd Interplanetary Network, we have reanalyzed this possible correlation. We find that most of the Abell clusters which are in the relatively large 3B error circles are not in the much smaller IPN/BATSE error regions. We believe that this argues strongly against an Abell cluster–gamma–ray burst correlation.