AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 104 Binary and Variable Stars
Oral, Tuesday, 2:00-3:30pm, January 10, 2006, Balcony B

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[104.08] Interferometric Observations of Nova Aql 2005

B.F. Lane (MIT), A. Retter (Penn State), J.A. Eisner (UC Berkeley), R.R. Thompson (IPAC/Caltech), M.W. Muterspaugh (MIT)

We report on observations of Nova Aql 2005 (V1663 Aql) using the Palomar Testbed Interferometer. Near-infrared observations of the nova were initiated approximately 9 days after peak luminosity and continued for 10 days. Using the three available baselines we resolved the milliarcsecond-scale emission and measured the shape and angular size of the nova photosphere as a function of time. These observations can be combined with radial-velocity information to produce a geometric distance (and hence luminosity) estimate.

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