AAS 197, January 2001
Session 85. CVs: Optical Observations and Theory
Display, Wednesday, January 10, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[85.01] The Recovery of the Old Nova RS Car (1895)

B. Alford (Hendrix College & U of Wyoming), A. Bianchini (U of Padova Italy & U of Wyoming), R. Canterna (U of Wyoming), M. Della Valle (Astronomical Observatory di Arcetri, Florence Italy)

Low resolution spectra at ESO La Silla identify the old nova RS Car (1895) as a ~18 mag star located 7 arcsec southwest from its previous published position. This suggests a much brighter absolute visual magnitude for the old nova, M ~ 5.4. The spectra reveal a continuum energy distribution typical of optically thick accretion discs and a high excitation gas state. The possible detection of the AlO emission band (4843 Angstroms) is discussed.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: antonio1@sole.pd.astro.it

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