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Nature volume 85, pages 384385 (19 January 1911) | Download Citation



NOVA LACERTÆ.—A brief note in No. 4464 of the Astronomische Nachrichten announces that Prof. Max Wolf has found a twelfth- or thirteenth-magnitude star in the position of Nova Lacertse on plates taken some years ago at the Königstuhl Observatory. The previous presence of a faint object does not, of course, necessarily preclude the star discovered by Mr. Espin from being of the “novæ” type, although in most cases the pre-existence of matter in the identical position is assumed rather than demonstrated; before the catastrophe whfth produces the extraordinary outburst of light, the object is usually too faint to be detected on our photographs.

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