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


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.