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Low‐luminosity Type II supernovae: spectroscopic and photometric evolution
In this paper we present spectroscopic and photometric observations for four core-collapsed supernovae (SNe), namely SNe 1994N, 1999br, 1999eu and 2001dc. Together with SN 1997D, we show that they…
Cepheid calibration of Type Ia supernovae and the Hubble constant
We investigate how a different calibration of the Cepheid period-luminosity (PL) relation, taking into account metallicity corrections, affects the absolute magnitude calibration of Type Ia…
An accreting pulsar with extreme properties drives an ultraluminous x-ray source in NGC 5907
Observations showing that NGC 5907 ULX is instead an x-ray accreting neutron star (NS) with a spin period evolving from 1.43 seconds in 2003 to 1.13 seconds in 2014 suggest that other extreme ULXs (x-ray luminosity ≥ 1041 erg second−1) might harbor NSs.
Discovery of a 0.42-s pulsar in the ultraluminous X-ray source NGC 7793 P13
NGC 7793 P13 is a variable (luminosity range ∼100) ultraluminous X-ray source proposed to host a stellar-mass black hole of less than 15 M⊙ in a binary system with orbital period of 64 d and a 18-23…
A giant outburst two years before the core-collapse of a massive star
It is reported that the peculiar type Ib supernova SN 2006jc is spatially coincident with a bright optical transient that occurred in 2004, andSpectroscopic and photometric monitoring of the supernova leads us to suggest that the progenitor was a carbon-oxygen Wolf–Rayet star embedded within a helium-rich circumstellar medium.
Supernova rates from the Southern inTermediate Redshift ESO Supernova Search (STRESS)
Aims. To measure the supernova (SN) rates at intermediate redshift we performed the Southern inTermediate Redshift ESO Supernova Search (STRESS). Unlike most of the current high redshift SN searches,…
SN 2005cs in M51 – II. Complete evolution in the optical and the near-infrared
We present the results of the one-year long observational campaign of the type II plateau SN 2005cs, which exploded in the nearby spiral galaxy M51 (the Whirlpool galaxy). This extensive data set…
A study of the Type II-P supernova 2003gd in M74
We present photometric and spectroscopic data of the Type II-P supernova (SN II-P) 2003gd, which was discovered in M74 close to the end of its plateau phase. SN 2003gd is the first Type II supernova…
The Hot and Energetic Universe: A White Paper presenting the science theme motivating the Athena+ mission
This White Paper, submitted to the recent ESA call for science themes to define its future large missions, advocates the need for a transformational leap in our understanding of two key questions in…
A low-energy core-collapse supernova without a hydrogen envelope
It is reported that SN 2008ha is a faint hydrogen-poor supernova and it is proposed that other similar events have been observed but have been misclassified as peculiar thermonuclear supernovae (sometimes labelled SN’ 2002cx-like events).