• supernovae: general;
  • supernovae: individual: SN 2009bw;
  • galaxies: individual: UGC 2890


We present photometry and spectroscopy of the Type IIP supernova (SN IIP) 2009bw in UGC 2890 from a few days after the outburst to 241 d. The light curve of SN 2009bw during the photospheric phase is similar to that of normal SNe IIP but with a brighter peak and plateau (inline image mag, inline image mag). The luminosity drop from the photospheric to the nebular phase is one of the fastest ever observed, ∼2.2 mag in about 13 d. The radioactive tail of the bolometric light curve indicates that the amount of ejected 56Ni is ≈0.022 M. The photospheric spectra reveal high-velocity lines of Hα and Hβ until about 105 d after the shock breakout, suggesting a possible early interaction between the SN ejecta and pre-existent circumstellar material, and the presence of CNO elements. By modelling the bolometric light curve, ejecta expansion velocity and photospheric temperature, we estimate a total ejected mass of ∼8–12 M, a kinetic energy of ∼0.3 foe and an initial radius of ∼3.6–7 × 1013 cm.