Letter to the Editor
The distance of Sakurai's Object
S. Kimeswenger and
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
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Online publication: January 16, 1998