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THE RATE OF NOVA PRODUCTION IN THE GALAXY

WILLIAM LILLER and BEN MAYER
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Vol. 99, No. 617 (July 1987), pp. 606-609
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40678970
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Abstract

The ongoing PROBLICOM program in the Southern Hemisphere now makes it possible to derive a reliable value for the overall production rate of Galactic novae. The result, 73 ± 24 y⁻¹, indicates that the Galaxy outproduces M 31 by a factor of two or three. We estimate that the rate of supernova ejecta is one and a half orders of magnitude greater than that of novae in the Galaxy.

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