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Paper: The Distribution of Novae in the Magellanic Clouds
Volume: 310, Variable Stars in the Local Group (IAU Colloquium 193)
Page: 184
Authors: Shida, R.Y.; Liller, W.
Abstract: Some 34 novae have been discovered in the LMC and 14 in the SMC. Historically, the novae seemed to avoid the central bar of the LMC and the main body of the SMC, but with the novae discovered in the past two decades a different picture emerges. The more dramatic situation exists in the SMC where all seven of the most recent novae have occurred in or very near the main body. Indications are that the age f the LMC bar is around 5 Gyr (Smecker-Hane et al. 2002), certainly old enough to breed novae. Perhaps the puzzle now is why there have been so many novae in the disk component of the LMC where many H II regions are found.
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