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|Eridanus - a supergroup in the local Universe?|
We examine a possible supergroup in the direction of the Eridanusconstellation using 6dF Galaxy Survey second data release (6dFGS DR2)positions and velocities together with Two-Micron All-Sky Survey andHyper-Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic DAtabase photometry. We perform afriends-of-friends analysis to determine which galaxies are associatedwith each substructure before examining the properties of theconstituent galaxies. The overall structure is made up of threeindividual groups that are likely to merge to form a cluster of mass ~7× 1013Msolar. We conclude that thisstructure is a supergroup. We also examine the colours, morphologies andluminosities of the galaxies in the region with respect to their localprojected surface density. We find that the colours of the galaxiesredden with increasing density, the median luminosities are brighterwith increasing environmental density and the morphologies of thegalaxies show a strong morphology-density relation. The colours andluminosities of the galaxies in the supergroup are already similar tothose of galaxies in clusters; however, the supergroup contains morelate-type galaxies, consistent with its lower projected surface density.Due to the velocity dispersion of the groups in the supergroup, whichare lower than those of clusters, we conclude that the properties of theconstituent galaxies are likely to be a result of merging orstrangulation processes in groups outlying this structure.
|The HI Content of the Eridanus Group of Galaxies|
The HI content of galaxies in the Eridanus group is studied using theGMRT observations and the HIPASS data. A significant HI deficiency up toa factor of 2-3 is observed in galaxies in the high galaxy densityregions. The HI deficiency in galaxies is observed to be directlycorrelated to the local projected galaxy density, and inverselycorrelated to the lineof-sight radial velocity. Furthermore, galaxieswith larger optical diameters are predominantly in the lower galaxydensity regions. It is suggested that the HI deficiency in Eridanus isdue to tidal interactions. In some galaxies, evidences of tidalinteractions are seen. An important implication is that significantevolution of galaxies can take place in the group environment. In thehierarchical way of formation of clusters via mergers of groups, afraction of the observed HI deficiency in clusters could have originatedin groups. The co-existence of S0s and severely HI deficient galaxies inthe Eridanus group suggests that tidal interaction is likely to be aneffective mechanism for transforming spirals to S0s.
|GMRT HI Observations of the Eridanus Group of Galaxies I.|
The GMRT HI 21cm-line observations of galaxies in the Eridanus group arepresented. The Eridanus group, at a distance of ~23 Mpc, is a loosegroup of ~200 galaxies. The group extends to more than 10 Mpc inprojection. The velocity dispersion of the galaxies in the group is ~240km s-1. The galaxies are clustered into different sub-groups. Theoverall population mix of the group is 30% (E + S0) and 70% (Sp + Irr).The observations of 57 Eridanus galaxies were carried out with the GMRTfor ~ 200 h. HI emission was detected from 31 galaxies. The channel rmsof ~1 mJy beam-1 was achieved for most of the image-cubes made with 4 hof data. The corresponding HI column density sensitivity (3σ) is~1 × 1020 cm-2 for a velocity-width of ~ 13.4 km s-1.The 3σ detection lss surface densities, HI disk parameters and HIrotation curves are presented. The velocity fields are analysedseparately for the approaching and the receding sides of the galaxies.These data will be used to study the HI and the radio continuumproperties, the Tully-Fisher relations, the dark matter halos, and thekinematical and HI lopsidedness in galaxies.
|Redshift-Distance Survey of Early-Type Galaxies: Spectroscopic Data|
We present central velocity dispersions and Mg2 line indicesfor an all-sky sample of ~1178 elliptical and S0 galaxies, of which 984had no previous measures. This sample contains the largest set ofhomogeneous spectroscopic data for a uniform sample of ellipticalgalaxies in the nearby universe. These galaxies were observed as part ofthe ENEAR project, designed to study the peculiar motions and internalproperties of the local early-type galaxies. Using 523 repeatedobservations of 317 galaxies obtained during different runs, the dataare brought to a common zero point. These multiple observations, takenduring the many runs and different instrumental setups employed for thisproject, are used to derive statistical corrections to the data and arefound to be relatively small, typically <~5% of the velocitydispersion and 0.01 mag in the Mg2 line strength. Typicalerrors are about 8% in velocity dispersion and 0.01 mag inMg2, in good agreement with values published elsewhere.
|The Southern Sky Redshift Survey|
We report redshifts, magnitudes, and morphological classifications for5369 galaxies with m_B <= 15.5 and for 57 galaxies fainter than thislimit, in two regions covering a total of 1.70 sr in the southerncelestial hemisphere. The galaxy catalog is drawn primarily from thelist of nonstellar objects identified in the Hubble Space TelescopeGuide Star Catalog (GSC). The galaxies have positions accurate to ~1"and magnitudes with an rms scatter of ~0.3 mag. We compute magnitudes(m_SSRS2) from the relation between instrumental GSC magnitudes and thephotometry by Lauberts & Valentijn. From a comparison with CCDphotometry, we find that our system is homogeneous across the sky andcorresponds to magnitudes measured at the isophotal level ~26 magarcsec^-2. The precision of the radial velocities is ~40 km s^-1, andthe redshift survey is more than 99% complete to the m_SSRS2 = 15.5 maglimit. This sample is in the direction opposite that of the CfA2; incombination the two surveys provide an important database for studies ofthe properties of galaxies and their large-scale distribution in thenearby universe. Based on observations obtained at Cerro TololoInter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories,operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy,Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation;Complejo Astronomico El Leoncito, operated under agreement between theConsejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas de laRepública Argentina and the National Universities of La Plata,Córdoba, and San Juan; the European Southern Observatory, LaSilla, Chile, partially under the bilateral ESO-ObservatórioNacional agreement; Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory;Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, Brazil; and the SouthAfrican Astronomical Observatory.
|Total magnitude, radius, colour indices, colour gradients and photometric type of galaxies|
We present a catalogue of aperture photometry of galaxies, in UBVRI,assembled from three different origins: (i) an update of the catalogueof Buta et al. (1995) (ii) published photometric profiles and (iii)aperture photometry performed on CCD images. We explored different setsof growth curves to fit these data: (i) The Sersic law, (ii) The net ofgrowth curves used for the preparation of the RC3 and (iii) A linearinterpolation between the de Vaucouleurs (r(1/4) ) and exponential laws.Finally we adopted the latter solution. Fitting these growth curves, wederive (1) the total magnitude, (2) the effective radius, (3) the colourindices and (4) gradients and (5) the photometric type of 5169 galaxies.The photometric type is defined to statistically match the revisedmorphologic type and parametrizes the shape of the growth curve. It iscoded from -9, for very concentrated galaxies, to +10, for diffusegalaxies. Based in part on observations collected at the Haute-ProvenceObservatory.
|The Globular Cluster Systems of NGC 1400 and NGC 1407|
The two brightest elliptical galaxies in the Eridanus A group, NGC 1400and NGC 1407, have been observed in both the Washington T_1 andKron-Cousins I filters to obtain photometry of their globular clustersystems (GCSs). This group of galaxies is of particular interest due toits exceptionally high M/L value, previously estimated at ~ 3000h,making this cluster highly dark-matter-dominated (Gould 1993). NGC1400's radial velocity (549 km/s) is extremely low compared to that ofthe central galaxy of Eridanus A (NGC 1407 with v_sun=1766 km/s) and theother members of the system, suggesting that it is a foreground galaxyprojected by chance onto the cluster. Using the shapes of the globularcluster luminosity functions, however, we derive distances of 17.6 +/-3.1 Mpc to NGC 1407 and 25.4 +/- 7.0 Mpc to NGC 1400. These resultssupport earlier conclusions that NGC 1400 is at the distance of EridanusA and therefore has a large peculiar velocity. Specific frequencies arealso derived for these galaxies, yielding values of S_N=4.0 +/- 1.3 forNGC 1407 and S_N = 5.2 +/- 2.0 for NGC 1400. In this and other respects,these two galaxies have GCSs which are consistent with those observed inother galaxies.
|New HI Observations for Possible Group Member Galaxies|
We present new HI-observations made at the Nancay radiotelescope for 120spiral galaxies. These galaxies have been selected because of theirpossible membership to groups of the LGG catalog. For each object wegive the heliocentric HI-velocity, HI-linewidths at 20% and 50% of themaximum intensity and the HI-flux.
|The Odd Group of Galaxies around NGC1400 / NGC1407|
New velocities of galaxies in the region of the group centered on NGC1407 are presented. As known, NGC 1400 has a peculiar velocity of ~1100km s^-1^ with respect to the mean velocity of its parent group. Fivevelocity structures are identified, clearly showing that this group isrestricted in velocity space around NGC 1407. With 6 new velocities inthe group itself, we estimate its mass and conclude that it lies between1 and 7 X 10^13^ solar masses. In any case, this implies a high M/Lratio, independent whether NGC 1400 belongs to the group or not. Ourbest estimate is 560 M_sun_/L_sun_, for an adopted mass of 3 x 10^13^solar masses. With such a high mass of the group, the relative velocityof NGC 1400 is no longer puzzling, and it can be regarded as a bona-fidemember, as indicated by several distance indicators. Our interpretationis then that this group has a large content of dark matter, in a similarfashion as some reported groups dominated by dumb- bell galaxies. Infact, we suggest that the NGC 1407/1400 pair will become a typicaldumb-bell when NGC 1400 reaches the group center.
|NGC 1407 - Center of a dark, massive cluster?|
Evidence is presented that Eridanus A, a cluster of galaxies centered onNGC 1407, has a mass-to-light ratio, M/L(B) about 3000 h, making it oneof the darkest known clusters. Eridanus A contains only two brightgalaxies, NGC 1407 and NGC 1400, and is circumscribed within about 200/hkpc, yet based on reasonable assumptions, it has a virial mass about 7 x10 exp 13 solar masses/h. The high mass and high M/L estimates restheavily on the supposition that NGC 1400, which has a peculiar velocityabout 1100 km/s, is truly a cluster member and not a foreground object.All the available data and all reasonable alternatives are examined, andit is concluded that NGC 1400's membership in Eridanus A is the mostplausible and conservative explanation for the known facts.
|General study of group membership. II - Determination of nearby groups|
We present a whole sky catalog of nearby groups of galaxies taken fromthe Lyon-Meudon Extragalactic Database. From the 78,000 objects in thedatabase, we extracted a sample of 6392 galaxies, complete up to thelimiting apparent magnitude B0 = 14.0. Moreover, in order to considersolely the galaxies of the local universe, all the selected galaxieshave a known recession velocity smaller than 5500 km/s. Two methods wereused in group construction: a Huchra-Geller (1982) derived percolationmethod and a Tully (1980) derived hierarchical method. Each method gaveus one catalog. These were then compared and synthesized to obtain asingle catalog containing the most reliable groups. There are 485 groupsof a least three members in the final catalog.
|Southern Sky Redshift Survey - The catalog|
The catalog of radial velocities for galaxies which comprise thediameter-limited sample of the Southern Sky Redshift Survey ispresented. It consolidates the data of observations carried out at theLas Campanas Observatory, Observatorio Nacional, and South AfricanAstronomical Observatory. The criteria used for the sample selection aredescribed, as well as the observational procedures and the techniqueutilized to obtain the final radial velocities. The intercomparisonbetween radial velocity measurements from different telescopes indicatesthat the final data base is fairly homogeneous with a typical error ofabout 40 km/s. The sample is at present 90 percent complete, and themissing galaxies are predominantly objects with very low surfacebrightness for which it is very difficult to obtain optical redshifts.
|Population studies in groups and clusters of galaxies. III - A catalog of galaxies in five nearby groups|
Five nearby groups of galaxies have been surveyed using large-scaleplates from the 2.5 m duPont Telescope at Las Campanas Observatory.Catalogs of galaxies brighter than B(T) = 20 are presented for the Leo,Dorado, NGC 1400, NGC 5044, and Antlia groups. A total of 1044 galaxiesare included, from visual inspection of 14 plates, covering 31 degsquare. Galaxies have been classified in the extended Hubble system, andgroup memberships have been assigned based on velocity (where available)and morphology. About half the galaxies listed are likely members of oneof the nearby groups. The catalogs are complete to B(T) = 18, althoughthe completeness limits vary slightly from group to group. Based on Kingmodel fits to the surface density profiles, the core radii of the groupsrange from 0.3 to 1 Mpc, and central densities range from 120 to 1900galaxies Mpc exp-3 brighter than M(BT) = -12.5. Dynamical analysisindicates that all of the groups are likely to be gravitationally bound.
|A catalog of southern groups of galaxies|
A catalog of groups of galaxies identified in the southern Galactic capis presented. This catalog was constructed utilizing the group-findingalgorithm developed by Huchra and Geller (1982) to analyze galaxysamples with well-defined selection criteria and complete velocityinformation.
|Studies of nearby poor clusters - The Eridanus group|
Results are reported from dynamical study of the Eridanus group ofgalaxies. This system is quite prominent in one of the large-scalefeatures found in the recently completed Southern Sky Redshift Survey(da Costa et al., 1988): the Eridanus-Fornax-Dorado filament. Theirregualr aspect of Eridanus suggests the existence of subclustering,which is confirmed by statistical tests. These subclusters are bound,suggesting that the system is still condensing from the Hubble flow andmay eventually form a cluster of about 10 to the 14th solar mass. Bycalculating the two-body orbital solution, it is found that the Eridanuscomplex and the Fornax cluster also form a bound system, although stillin the expansion phase.
|The ON-CfA redshift survey of the southern hemisphere|
A redshift survey of a diameter-limited sample of southern galaxies hasbeen performed by the Observatorio Nacional in collaboration with theHarvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Redshift data are presentedfor 442 galaxies. A relatively small mean difference of -5.2 km/s wasfound between the present redshifts and previous radio data.
|Observational constraints to the theory of planetary nebulae evolution|
Theoretical models of PN origin and evolution are examined, withreference to the results of recent observations. The kinematic ages ofyoung PN are shown to be similar to the ages predicted by thermalcomputations based on scaled superwind models, but not to thosepredicted by nuclear-powered evolution models; it is inferred that thePN ejection is actually hydrodynamic, leaving the PN nucleus with less Hthan predicted by hydrostatic superwind models. The second problemaddressed involves the classification of PN as asymmetric type B (withlarge ansae and tubular or filamentary structure) or symmetric type C(with a centric increase in surface brightness). An apparent correlationbetween type B morphology and larger progenitor masses, common-envelopeevolution in binaries, and the He-flash phenomenon is explored.
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