Discovery and Rapid Follow-up Observations of the Unusual Type II SN 2018ivc in NGC 1068

K. A. Bostroem, S. Valenti, D. J. Sand, J. E. Andrews, S. D. Van Dyk, L. Galbany, D. Pooley, R. C. Amaro, N. Smith, S. Yang, G. C. Anupama, I. Arcavi, E. Baron, P. J. Brown, J. Burke, R. Cartier, D. Hiramatsu, R. Dastidar, J. M. Derkacy, Y. DongE. Egami, S. Ertel, A. V. Filippenko, O. D. Fox, J. Haislip, G. Hosseinzadeh, D. A. Howell, A. Gangopadhyay, S. W. Jha, V. Kouprianov, B. Kumar, M. Lundquist, D. Milisavljevic, C. McCully, P. Milne, K. Misra, D. E. Reichart, D. K. Sahu, H. Sai, A. Singh, P. S. Smith, J. Vinko, X. Wang, Y. Wang, J. C. Wheeler, G. G. Williams, S. Wyatt, J. Zhang, X. Zhang

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We present the discovery and high-cadence follow-up observations of SN 2018ivc, an unusual SNe II that exploded in NGC 1068 (D = 10.1 Mpc). The light curve of SN 2018ivc declines piecewise-linearly, changing slope frequently, with four clear slope changes in the first 30 days of evolution. This rapidly changing light curve indicates that interaction between the circumstellar material and ejecta plays a significant role in the evolution. Circumstellar interaction is further supported by a strong X-ray detection. The spectra are rapidly evolving and dominated by hydrogen, helium, and calcium emission lines. We identify a rare high-velocity emission-line feature blueshifted at ∼7800 km, s-1 (in Hα, Hβ, Pβ, Pγ, He i, and Ca ii), which is visible from day 18 until at least day 78 and could be evidence of an asymmetric progenitor or explosion. From the overall similarity between SN 2018ivc and SN 1996al, the Hα equivalent width of its parent H ii region, and constraints from pre-explosion archival Hubble Space Telescope images, we find that the progenitor of SN 2018ivc could be as massive as 52 M but is more likely <12 M. SN 2018ivc demonstrates the importance of the early discovery and rapid follow-up observations of nearby supernovae to study the physics and progenitors of these cosmic explosions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number31
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 20 2020

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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    Bostroem, K. A. (Creator), Valenti, S. (Creator), Sand, D. J. (Creator), Andrews, J. E. (Creator), Van Dyk, D. S. D. (Creator), Galbany, L. (Creator), Pooley, D. (Creator), Amaro, R. C. (Creator), Smith, N. (Creator), Yang, S. (Creator), Anupama, G. C. (Creator), Arcavi, I. (Creator), Baron, E. (Creator), Brown, P. J. (Creator), Burke, J. (Creator), Cartier, R. (Creator), Hiramatsu, D. (Creator), Dastidar, R. (Creator), Derkacy, J. M. (Creator), Dong, Y. (Creator), Egami, E. (Creator), Ertel, S. (Creator), Filippenko, A. V. (Creator), Fox, O. D. (Creator), Haislip, J. (Creator), Hosseinzadeh, G. (Creator), Howell, D. A. (Creator), Gangopadhyay, A. (Creator), Jha, S. W. (Creator), Kouprianov, V. (Creator), Kumar, B. (Creator), Lundquist, M. (Creator), Milisavljevic, D. (Creator), McCully, C. (Contributor), Milne, P. A. (Creator), Misra, K. (Creator), Reichart, D. E. (Creator), Sahu, D. K. (Creator), Sai, H. (Creator), Singh, A. (Creator), Smith, P. S. (Creator), Vinko, J. (Creator), Wang, X. (Creator), Wang, Y. (Creator), Wheeler, J. C. (Creator), Williams, G. G. (Creator), Wyatt, S. (Creator), Zhang, J. (Creator), Zhang, X. (Creator), Valenti, S. (Creator), Sand, D. J. (Creator), Baron, E. (Creator), Burke, J. (Creator), Filippenko, A. V. (Creator), Jha, S. W. (Creator), Kumar, B. (Creator), Misra, K. (Creator) & Wheeler, J. C. (Creator), Centre de Donnees Strasbourg (CDS), 2021


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