AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

BVRI Photometry of SN 2013ej in M74

Volume 42 number 2 (2014)

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Michael W. Richmond
School of Physics and Astronomy, Rochester Institute of Technology, 84 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623; mwrsps@rit.edu

Abstract

I present BVRI photometry of the type IIP supernova 2013ej in M74 from 1 to 179 days after its discovery. These photometric measurements and spectroscopic data from the literature are combined via the expanding photosphere method to estimate the distance to the event, which is consistent with that derived by other methods. After correcting for extinction and adopting a distance modulus of (m - M) = 29.80 mag. to M74, I derive absolute magnitudes MB = -17.36, MV = -17.47, MR = -17.64 and MI = -17.71. The differences between visual measurements and CCD V-band measurements of SN 2013ej are similar to those determined for type Ia supernovae and ordinary stars.