The photometric and spectroscopic evolutions, displayed by AS 296 since the June 1988 outburst (), are presented and discussed. The main features of the model outlined by ,  and , are confirmed and further developped. An orbital period of about 3 years is inferred from Hα modulation (see ).
The outburst originated from a TNR event in the accreted envelope of a WD. The IUE and optical spectroscopic evolution agrees with the expected scenario for degenerate conditions in the accreted material, while the high quiescence luminosity of the WD would indicate nondegenerate conditions.
The late type giant passed unchanged the outburst. Also the region of Hα formation was not touched by the eruption.
After one year the system has not yet reached the quiescence again. The photometric evolution displayed by AS 296 up to June 15, 1989 is presented in Fig.1.
In Tab.1, the main features exhibited by symbiotic stars that have experienced a TNR event are summarized. The first 8 objects in the table are usually collectively called "symbiotic novae". They distinguish themselves for the very long outburst duration. At present, AS 296 appears to be a borderline case of such class, and a firm understanding needs to wait for the end of current active phase.