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A supernova distance to the anchor galaxy NGC 4258
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2015 (English)In: Astronomy and Astrophysics, ISSN 0004-6361, E-ISSN 1432-0746, Vol. 580, L15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The fortuitous occurrence of a type II-Plateau (IIP) supernova, SN 2014bc, in a galaxy for which distance estimates from a number of primary distance indicators are available provides a means with which to cross-calibrate the standardised candle method (SCM) for type IIP SNe. By applying calibrations from the literature we find distance estimates in line with the most precise measurement to NGC 4258 based on the Keplerian motion of masers (7.6 +/- 0.23 Mpc), albeit with significant scatter. We provide an alternative local SCM calibration by only considering type IIP SNe that have occurred in galaxies for which a Cepheid distance estimate is available. We find a considerable reduction in scatter (sigma(I) = 0.16 mag), but note that the current sample size is limited. Applying this calibration, we estimate a distance to NGC 4258 of 7.08 +/- 0.86 Mpc.

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2015. Vol. 580, L15
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supernovae: general, supernovae: individual: SN 2014bc, distance scale, galaxies: individual: NGC 4258
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121174DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201526902ISI: 000360020200160OAI: diva2:859045
Available from: 2015-10-05 Created: 2015-09-28 Last updated: 2015-10-05Bibliographically approved

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