The Early Detection and Follow-up of the Highly Obscured Type II Supernova 2016ija/DLT16am
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We present our analysis of the Type II supernova DLT16am (SN 2016ija). The object was discovered during theongoing D < 40 Mpc (DLT40) one-day cadence supernova search at r ∼ 20.1 mag in the edge-on nearby(D = 20.0 ± 4.0 Mpc) galaxy NGC 1532. The subsequent prompt and high-cadenced spectroscopic andphotometric follow-up revealed a highly extinguished transient, with E(B - V) = 1.95 ±0.15 mag, consistentwith a standard extinction law with RV=3.1 and a bright (MV = -18.48 ±0.77 mag) absolute peak magnitude. Acomparison of the photometric features with those of large samples of SNe II reveals a fast rise for the derivedluminosity and a relatively short plateau phase, with a slope of S50V = 0.84 ±0.04 mag 50 days, consistent withthe photometric properties typical of those of fast-declining SNe II. Despite the large uncertainties on the distance andthe extinction in the direction of DLT16am, the measured photospheric expansion velocity and the derived absoluteV-band magnitude at ~50 days after the explosion match the existing luminosity-velocity relation for SNe II.