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We present 13 spectra and 31 photometric observations covering the first 150 days of SN 1991bg in NGC 4374 (M 84). Although SN 1991bg was a type Ia supernova displaying the characteristic Si II absorption at 6150 near maximum and the Fe emission lines at late phases, it varied from the well-defined norm for SNe Ia in several important respects. The peculiarities include faster declines in the B and V light curves after maximum, a distinct color evolution, a very red B - V color near maximum, relatively faint peak luminosity, a distinct spectral evolution, and a short peak phase. The narrow peak of the luminosity and the rapid declines of the light curves suggest a smaller mass in the.
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Leibundgut, B., Kirshner, R. P., Phillips, M. M., Wells, L. A., Suntzeff, N. B., Hamuy, M., ... Sonneborn, G.