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Astron. Astrophys. 330, L41-L44 (1998)

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Letter to the Editor

The distance of Sakurai's Object

S. Kimeswenger and F. Kerber

Institut für Astronomie der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Technikerstraße 25, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria

Received 4 November 1997 / Accepted 21 November 1997


Sakurai's Object seems to be undergoing a very late Helium-flash, making it a unique observational event with very important implications for our understanding of late stellar evolution. We present the first individual distance determination: using the extinction method we have derived a distance of 1.1 kpc for the planetary nebula surrounding the star. This accurate distance will be a crucial step forward in our efforts to understand the nature and the evolution of Sakurai's Object.

Key words: ISM: planetary nebulae: individual: Sakurai's Object – stars: AGB and post-AGB

Send offprint requests to: S. Kimeswenger Stefan.Kimeswenger@uibk.ac.at, http://astro.uibk.ac.at

© European Southern Observatory (ESO) 1998

Online publication: January 16, 1998