Optical image of Sakurai's Object

Sakurai's Object

What have we learned in the first five years?

VLA image of Sakurai's Object

AUGUST 3-4 2000

Since its discovery as a possible "slow nova" in 1996, "Sakurai's Object" (V4334 Sgr) has generated a great deal of interest. It is now believed to be an evolved star undergoing final helium shell flash, and we have the first - a once-in-a-lifetime - opportunity to observe one of these rare events over the broad wavelength range now accessible. Moreover there have been significant developments both in the theoretical understanding of this poorly-understood (and brief) phase of stellar evolution, and in modelling the atmospheres and winds of these objects.

Now that Sakurai's Object has been studied observationally and theoretically for nearly five years, it is timely to take stock and to review the current situation. We will therefore host a 2 day workshop to discuss Sakurai's Object, to exchange ideas and to present latest developments. The format will be based on short review talks and posters, with ample time for discussion etc. In order to maximize the effectiveness of the workshop attendance is restricted to 60.

The Programme and Abstracts are now available.

Read the full text of the Final Announcement (17 July 2000)

The text of the First Announcement and Second Announcement are still available for consultation.

Registration has now closed.

bs@astro.keele.ac.uk 17 July 2000