Will a black hole soon emerge from SN 1997D?

Luca Zampieri, Stuart L. Shapiro, Monica Colpi

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Observations combined with theoretical modeling of the light curve cf the recently discovered supernova 1997D in NGC 1536 suggest that it might host a black hole formed in the aftermath of the explosion. We consider some observable consequences of a black hole in SN 1997D and estimate the late-time accretion luminosity of the material that falls back onto the hole. We find that this luminosity, decaying with a characteristic power-law dependence on time, may emerge above the emission of the envelope in just a few years. Its detection would thus provide unmistakable evidence for the presence of a black hole.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L149-L152
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number2 PART 2
StatePublished - Aug 1 1998


  • Accretion, accretion disks
  • Black hole physics
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Radiative transfer
  • Relativity
  • Supernovae: individual (SN 1987A, SN 1997D)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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