ROSAT and ASCA Observations of NGC 1313 and SN1978k

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Session 48 -- Spiral, Dwarf and Irregular Galaxies
Display presentation, Wednesday, 1, 1994, 9:20-6:30

[48.15] ROSAT and ASCA Observations of NGC 1313 and SN1978k

R. Petre (GSFC), K. Okada (Tokyo), T. Mihara (RIKEN), K. Makishima (Tokyo), E. Schlegel (USRA/GSFC), E. Colbert (Maryland)

NGC 1313 is a nearby (d = 4.5 Mpc) spiral galaxy, whose X-ray emission is dominated by three point sources with log (L$_{\rm{x}}$) $>$ 39. One of these sources is near, but not at, the optical nucleus; a second is 8 kpc distant from the nucleus, in an outer region of the galaxy; and the third is SN1978k, the first supernova identified as such on the basis of its X-ray emission. NGC 1313 has been the subject of a series of X-ray observations, including two using the ROSAT PSPC (April-May, 1991, and November, 1993) and ASCA during PV phase (July, 1993). We discuss the results of a combined analysis of these observations, which suggest that the luminosity and spectrum of SN1978k has not varied since its discovery, and reveal the presence of a number of additional sources of X-rays, including diffuse emission from the ISM surrounding the nucleus. Possible interpretations of the emission from SN1978k and the other two luminous sources are presented.

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