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Detection of a large amount of diffuse extraplanar dust in NGC 891

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 August 2012

Kwang-Il Seon
Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Republic of Korea email:
Adolf N. Witt
Ritter Astrophysical Research Center, University of Toledo, USA email:
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Significant discrepancies have been found between the dust masses derived from various tracers (optical/near-IR, far-IR/sub-millimeter observations, and the variation of dust attenuation with viewing angle). Here we report the first detection of the extended far-UV (FUV) and near-UV (NUV) haloes perpendicular to the galactic plane of NGC 891, which can be interpreted as scattered stellar light from the galactic plane. An additional “geometrically thick” dust disk, which contains about the same mass as the standard thin dust disk, is needed to reproduce the vertically extended UV profiles

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