We present optical and near-infrared photometry and spectroscopy of the Type Ia SN 2003cg, which exploded in the nearby galaxy NGC 3169. The observations cover a period between -8.5 and +414 d post-maximum. SN 2003cg is a normal but highly reddened Type Ia event. Its B magnitude at maximum B-max = 15.94 +/- 0.04 and Delta m(15)(B)(obs) = 1.12 +/- 0.04 [Delta m(15)(B)(intrinsic) = 1.25 +/- 0.05]. Allowing R-V to become a free parameter within the Cardelli et al. extinction law, simultaneous matches to a range of colour curves of normal SNe Ia yielded E(B - V) = 1.33 +/- 0.11, and RV = 1.80 +/- 0.19. While the value obtained for R-V is small, such values have been invoked in the past, and may imply a grain size which is small compared with the average value for the local interstellar medium.
- Space and Planetary Science