A supernova distance to the anchor galaxy NGC 4258

J. Polshaw, R. Kotak, K. C. Chambers, S. J. Smartt, S. Taubenberger, M. Kromer, E. E E Gall, W. Hillebrandt, M. Huber, K. W. Smith, R. J. Wainscoat

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The fortuitous occurrence of a type II-Plateau (IIP) supernova, SN 2014bc, in a galaxy for which distance estimates from a number of primary distance indicators are available provides a means with which to cross-calibrate the standardised candle method (SCM) for type IIP SNe. By applying calibrations from the literature we find distance estimates in line with the most precise measurement to NGC 4258 based on the Keplerian motion of masers (7:6 ± 0:23 Mpc), albeit with significant scatter. We provide an alternative local SCM calibration by only considering type IIP SNe that have occurred in galaxies for which a Cepheid distance estimate is available. We find a considerable reduction in scatter (σ<inf>I</inf> = 0:16 mag), but note that the current sample size is limited. Applying this calibration, we estimate a distance to NGC 4258 of 7:08 ± 0:86 Mpc.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL15
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Publication statusPublished - 01 Aug 2015


  • Distance scale
  • Galaxies: individual: NGC 4258
  • Supernovae: general
  • Supernovae: individual: SN 2014bc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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