GCN Circular 7188
H. Marion (U. Texas/Texas State), P. Garnavich (Notre Dame) and C. Gerardy (FSU) report: We obtained near-infrared spectra of supernova 2008D (ATEL 1353; GCN 7160) with the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and SPEX instrument. The data were taken January 14.4 UT and cover the wavelength range 0.7 to 2.5 microns. A preliminary reduction of the spectrum shows a strong absorption feature at 1.01 micron. This feature is seen in several other type Ic events (e.g. SN 1994I, Millard et al. 1999, ApJ, 527, 746; SN2002ap, Motohara et al. 2002, IAUC 7834) and is probably a combination of HeI, CI and SiI. A weaker feature at 0.80 micron is likely to be CaII (0.858 micron) with an absorption minimum at 21000 km/s. We thank Alan Tokunaga for coordinating these observations at the IRTF.