Distance to the active galaxy NGC 6951 via the type Ia Supernova 2000E

J. Vinkó, B. Csák, S. Csizmadia, G. Fürész, L. L. Kiss, K. Sárneczky, G. Szabó, K. Sziládi, I. B. Bíró

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CCD-photometry and low-resolution spectroscopy of the bright supernova SN 2000E in NGC 6951 are presented. Both the light curve extending up to 150 days past maximum and the spectra obtained at 1 month past maximum confirm that SN 2000E is of type Ia. The reddening of SN 2000E is determined as E(B-V) = 0.36±0.15, its error is mainly due to uncertainties in the predicted SN (B-V) colour at late epochs. The V(RI)C light curves are analyzed with the Multi-Colour Light Curve Shape (MLCS) method. The shape of the late light curve suggests that SN 2000E was overluminous by about 0.5 mag at maximum comparing with a fiducial SN Ia. This results in an updated distance of 33 ± 8 Mpc of NGC 6951 (corrected for interstellar absorption). The SN-based distance modulus is larger by about +0.7 mag than the previous Tully-Fisher estimates. However, possible systematic errors due to ambiguities in the reddening determination and estimates of the maximum luminosity of SN 2000E may plague the present distance measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)824-832
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001



  • Individual: SN 2000E
  • Stars: supernovae

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Vinkó, J., Csák, B., Csizmadia, S., Fürész, G., Kiss, L. L., Sárneczky, K., Szabó, G., Sziládi, K., & Bíró, I. B. (2001). Distance to the active galaxy NGC 6951 via the type Ia Supernova 2000E. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 372(3), 824-832. https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010573