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Similarities between the X-Ray Light Curves of the 2016 and 2020 Eruptions of the Recurrent Nova LMC 1968

Schwarz, GJ, Page, KL, Kuin, PM and Darnley, MJ (2020) Similarities between the X-Ray Light Curves of the 2016 and 2020 Eruptions of the Recurrent Nova LMC 1968. Research Notes of the American Astronomical Society, 4 (8). ISSN 2515-5172

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Abstract

The latest eruption of the recurrent nova LMC 1968 was extensively observed by Swift with its X-ray Telescope instrument. A comparison with the Swift data set from the 2016 eruption shows that the X-ray evolution was remarkably similar just as the evolution of the optical photometry and spectroscopy was similar during previously observed eruptions. The only difference is a surprising decrease in the recurrence time. LMC 1968 is only the second nova for which Swift has observed the entire X-ray evolution more than once. At 50 kpc, it is close enough to be extensively observed in its next eruption.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Astrophysics Research Institute
Publisher: American Astronomical Society
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 09:47
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2020 10:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.3847/2515-5172/abae72
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13673

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