We present mid-infrared observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope of the nearby Type II-P supernova SN 2004dj at epochs of 89 - 129 days. We have obtained the first mid-IR spectra of any supernova apart from SN 1987A. A prominent [Ni II] 6.64 mu m line is observed, from which we deduce that the mass of stable nickel must be at least 2.2 x 10(-4) M-.. We also observe the red wing of the CO fundamental band. We relate our findings to possible progenitors and favor an evolved star, most likely a red supergiant, with a probable initial mass between similar to 10 and 15 M-..
|Number of pages||4|
|Issue number||2 II|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Aug 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Space and Planetary Science