José L. Prieto, J. Brimacombe, A. J. Drake, S. Howerton
2013 Astrophysical Journal Letters  
Recent observations by Mauerhan et al. have shown the unprecedented transition of the previously identified luminous blue variable (and supernova impostor) SN 2009ip to a real Type IIn supernova (SN) explosion. We present high-cadence optical imaging of SN 2009ip obtained between 2012 UT Sep. 23.6 and Oct. 9.6, using 0.3-0.4 meter aperture telescopes from the Coral Towers Observatory in Cairns, Australia. The light curves show well-defined phases, including very rapid brightening early on (0.5
more » ... ag in 6 hr observed during the night of Sep. 24), a transition to a much slower rise between Sep. 25 and Sep. 28, and a plateau/peak around Oct. 7. These changes are coincident with the reported spectroscopic changes that, most likely, mark the start of a strong interaction between the fast SN ejecta and a dense circumstellar medium formed during the earlier LBV eruptions. In the 16-day observing period SN 2009ip brightened by 3.7 mag from I = 17.4 mag on Sep. 23.6 (MI = -14.2) to I = 13.7 mag (MI = -17.9) on Oct. 9.6, radiating ~2x10^49 erg in the optical wavelength range. Currently, SN 2009ip is more luminous than most Type IIP SNe and comparable to other Type IIn SNe.
doi:10.1088/2041-8205/763/2/l27 fatcat:wj7ynrqqivdejbvpsaqnytdr6a