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Morphological transformation of NGC 205?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 April 2010

Ivo Saviane
European Southern Observatory, Chile email:
Lorenzo Monaco
Dept. of Astronomy, University of Concepcion, Chile
Tony Hallas
Astrophoto, USA
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NGC 205 is a small galaxy (M/M = 0.7 × 109; MV = −16.6) currently located 36′ NW of M31. It is classified as dE because in ground-based images it appears as an elliptical body. However past investigations have revealed characteristics that are more typical of a disk galaxy: the specific frequency of globular clusters is 1.8; the large scale dynamics shows partial rotational support; there is a significant amount (106M) of rotating gas (molecular and atomic) and dust; the central regions harbor a fairly complex stellar population, including a 100–500 Myr old nucleus surrounded by 50- and 100-Myr old stellar associations (see references in Monaco et al. 2009; M09). Very recently, thanks to hst/acs imaging we have been able to reveal a young central ‘field’ population (M09), extending out to ~40″ in radius (~160 pc). The luminosity function of the main sequence can be fitted with Saviane et al. (2004) model of continuous star formation (SF) from at least ~600 Myr ago to ~60 Myr ago. We found that 1.5 × 105M in stars were produced from ~300 Myr to ~60 Myr ago, with a SF rate of 7 × 10−4M yr−1. A continuous SF seems to support the latest simulations of NGC 205 orbit: Howley et al. (2008) found that the galaxy must be moving with a velocity 300–500 km s−1 (comparable to the escape velocity) along an almost radial orbit, and it should be approaching M31 for the first time. An episodic SF triggered by passages through M31 disk every ~300 Myr in a bound orbit (Cepa & Beckman 1988) is excluded by our data.

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