AAS Meeting #193 - Austin, Texas, January 1999
Session 52. Stellar Disks and their Owners
Oral, Thursday, January 7, 1999, 10:00-11:00am, Room 9 (C)

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[52.04] LMC 1995, the third Supersoft X-ray Nova

M. Orio (U Wisconsin-Madison), J. Greiner (Astrophysical Institut), M. Della Valle (Padova Univ.)

Nova LMC 1995 was observed with the ROSAT PSPC in February 1998, three years after the outburst, and detected as one of only three supersoft X-ray sources among classical novae. It is at present the only one which is still at nearly Eddington luminosity. ROSAT HRI observations show that the object was already bright in X-rays six months after the outburst and the X-ray flux increased during the following three months. Since then the nova seems to have remained at constant X-ray flux. We present in addition optical data which are instrumental to uderstand why this object was the only LMC post-nova and one of only three that became very luminous supersoft X-ray sources after the outburst.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: orio@astrog.physics.wisc.edu

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