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Fig. 1


Spatial distribution of all known Galactic novae in the VVV survey area. A total of 140 objects are present. Filled symbols mark the objects detected in the VVV data, while open symbols mark the novae with no detection in our data. The blue circles are novae with the coordinates matching a single source within 1″ from the position given by the catalogue. Green circles mark the novae with doubtful photometry (see text). The red square is Nova Sgr 2012 progenitor, while the red triangle marks the position of Nova Sgr 2010b, caught during eruption. We note the presence of a “zone of avoidance” on the Galactic plane, with just a few objects belonging to the high-extinction regions of the MW.

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