DO THE PHOTOMETRIC COLORS OF TYPE II-P SUPERNOVAE ALLOW ACCURATE DETERMINATION OF HOST GALAXY EXTINCTION?
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We present infrared photometry of supernova (SN) 1999em, plus optical photometry, infrared photometry, and optical spectroscopy of SN 2003hn. Both objects were Type II-P SNe. The V - [RIJHK] color curves of these SNe evolved in a very similar fashion until the end of the plateau phase. This allows us to determine how much more extinction the light of SN 2003hn suffered compared to SN 1999em. Since we have an estimate of the total extinction suffered by SN 1999em from model fits of ground-based and space-based spectra as well as photometry of SN 1999em, we can estimate the total extinction and absolute magnitudes of SN 2003hn with reasonable accuracy. Since the host galaxy of SN 2003hn also produced the Type Ia SN 2001el, we can directly compare the absolute magnitudes of these two SNe of different types. 2009. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.