at the 90th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO, May 5, 2001
The Kanatsu object, called
Nova Puppis 2000 or V445 Pup, is a peculiar one. In the six months following
its discovery in late December 2000 at photographic magnitude 8.6, its
development was very slow-slow decline to visual magnitude ~10.0 in early
February 2001, very brief significant brightening in March, a little decrease
in late April, and stabilization at visual magnitude 10.3 near the end of June.
Visual and CCD observations carried out by Latin-American Astronomical League
(LIADA) and Brazilian Observational Network (REA) members indicate that the
object does not appear to be a typical nova.