We present our findings on a supernova (SN) impostor, SNHunt248, based on optical and near-IR data spanning similar to 15 yr before discovery, to similar to 1 yr post-discovery. The light curve displays three distinct peaks, the brightest of which is at MR similar to -15.0 mag. The post-discovery evolution is consistent with the ejecta from the outburst interacting with two distinct regions of circumstellar material. The 0.5-2.2 mu m spectral energy distribution at -740 d is well-matched by a single 6700 K blackbody with log(L/L-circle dot) similar to 6.1. This temperature and luminosity support previous suggestions of a yellow hypergiant progenitor; however, we find it to be brighter than the brightest and most massive Galactic late-F to early-G spectral type hypergiants. Overall the historical light curve displays variability of up to similar to +/- 1 mag. At current epochs (similar to 1 yr post-outburst), the absolute magnitude (MR similar to -9 mag) is just below the faintest observed historical absolute magnitude similar to 10 yr before discovery.
- stars: massive
- stars: mass-loss
- supernovae: general
- supernovae: individual: SNHunt248
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