CfA OIR Division Lunch Talk

April 29, 1999 Pratt Conference Room, Perkin G-04, 12:30 pm


SN 1997cy, A GRB in Supernova's clothing?

Dr. Brian Schmidt, Australian National University

Abstract

Over the past 32 months, the Abell Cluster Supernova Search has discovered 50 Supernovae in directions towards Clusters between 0.02 < z < 0.08. Of these SN 1997cy is the most peculiar, with a truly unique spectrum, and a luminosity at least a factor of 3 higher than any other object discovered. I will discuss this object, its apparent coincidence with GRB970514, and speculate how such a supernova might fit into the puzzle of GRB observations.