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When the Largest Spiral is Formed

  • Rafael T. Eufrasio (a1) (a2), Duília F. de Mello (a1) (a2) (a3), Fernanda Urrutia-Viscarra (a4), Claudia Mendes de Oliveira (a4) and Eli Dwek (a1)...

Abstract

We used UV-to-IR archival data to investigate the nature of the giant spiral galaxy, NGC 6872, 65 Mpc away. It belongs to the southern Pavo group and is interacting with a small lenticular galaxy, IC4970. GALEX UV images show a very large part of the galaxy not seen before, making it one of the largest spiral galaxies known, with a physical size greater than 150 kpc. The SED of 17 regions (10 kpc of diameter) across the two arms show a remarkable spatial distribution, as if they were mirror images with respect to their stellar population. However, the last 40 kpc of the northeastern arm are much bluer than any other region of the southwestern one. There is a strong spatial correlation between the NUV luminosity and the distance to the nucleus. The UV data supports the scenario of an interaction at 130 Myr which triggered star formation all over the disk of NGC 6872. The tip of the northeastern arm resembles a tidal dwarf galaxy in the process of formation.

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When the Largest Spiral is Formed

  • Rafael T. Eufrasio (a1) (a2), Duília F. de Mello (a1) (a2) (a3), Fernanda Urrutia-Viscarra (a4), Claudia Mendes de Oliveira (a4) and Eli Dwek (a1)...

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