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Published May 1, 1998 | Published + Accepted Version
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On the Existence of Jets in the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis


Recently, it has been claimed that the recurrent nova T Pyxidis exhibits oppositely directed jets of ejecta apparent in features seen in Hα emission. Here we demonstrate that these features are in fact emission in the [N II] lines that lie on either side of Hα and arise from the expanding shell associated with this object rather than from collimated jets. We estimate an expansion velocity along a line of sight through the center of the shell of about 500 km s^(-1).

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© 1998. The American Astronomical Society. Received 1997 December 15; accepted 1998 February 25; published 1998 April 7. Based on observations obtained at the W. M. Keck Observatory, which is operated jointly by the California Institute of Technology and the University of California. We are grateful to M. Shara and C. Gill for useful discussions and to an anonymous referee for helpful comments on the original version of this Letter. The entire Keck/LRIS user community owes a huge debt to Jerry Nelson, Gerry Smith, Bev Oke, and many other people who have worked to make the Keck telescope and LRIS a reality. We are grateful to the W. M. Keck Foundation, and particularly its late president, Howard Keck, for the vision to fund the construction of the W. M. Keck Observatory.

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