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Paper: Novae as distance indicators
Volume: 4, The Extragalactic Distance Scale: Proceedings of the ASP 100th Anniversary Symposium
Page: 128
Authors: Ford, Holland C.; Ciardullo, Robin
Abstract: It is shown that nova shells are characteristically prolate with equatorial bands and polar caps. Failure to take this geometry into consideration can lead to large errors in expansion parallaxes for individual novae. Extinction in the bulge of M31 is investigated by projecting Arp's and Rosino's novae onto a composite B - 6200 A color map of the bulge. Of the 86 novae, 32 project onto a smooth background with no underlying structure due to the presence of a dust cloud along the line of sight. The distribution of maximum magnitudes versus fade rates for these 'unreddened' novae is indistinguishable from the distribution for the entire set of novae. It is concluded that novae suffer very little extinction from the filamentary and patchy distribution of dust seen in the bulge of M31.
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