We present pre- and postexplosion observations of the Type II-P supernova (SN II-P) 2019mhm located in NGC 6753. Based on optical spectroscopy and photometry, we show that SN 2019mhm exhibits broad lines of hydrogen with a velocity of -8500 ± 200 km s-1 and a 111 ± 2 day extended plateau in its luminosity, typical of the Type II-P subclass. We also fit its late-time bolometric light curve and infer that it initially produced a 56Ni mass of 1.3 × 10-2 ± 5.5 × 10-4 M ⊙. Using imaging from the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on the Hubble Space Telescope obtained 19 yr before explosion, we aligned to a postexplosion Wide Field Camera 3 image and demonstrate that there is no detected counterpart to the SN to a limit of >24.53 mag in F814W, corresponding to an absolute magnitude limit of M F814W < -7.7 mag. Comparing to massive-star evolutionary tracks, we determine that the progenitor star had a maximum zero-age main-sequence mass <17.5 M ⊙, consistent with other SN II-P progenitor stars. SN 2019mhm can be added to the growing population of SNe II-P with both direct constraints on the brightness of their progenitor stars and well-observed SN properties.
The Astrophysical Journal
- Pub Date:
- June 2023
- Core-collapse supernovae;
- Astrophysics - Solar and Stellar Astrophysics;
- Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena
- 11 pages, 7 figures, updated to match the version ApJ accepted