T Pyxidis is expected to burst again in the very near future according to the outburst records. This Letter presents theoretical predictions about UV and optical light curves for the next outburst. The exact comparison between theoretical and observational UV and optical light curves will allow an accurate determination of physical parameters such as the mass of the white dwarf, the distance, the composition, and the ejected mass. Several important points for observation are summarized in order to get useful data for the comparison with the optically thick wind theory. Quantitative knowledge will yield progress on the theoretical understanding about white dwarfs.
- Stars: individual (T Pyxidis)
- Stars: novae
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Space and Planetary Science