The Compact Galaxy Group NGC 6845

Bärbel Koribalski (ATNF)

Australia Telescope Compact Array HI observations of the NGC 6845 galaxy group

Scott Gordon (Universty of Queensland)
Bärbel Koribalski (ATNF),
Keith Jones (Universty of Queensland)

(2003) MNRAS 342, 939 (download gzipped ps-file)

Abstract. We present the results of ATCA HI line and 20-cm radio continuum observations of the galaxy Quartet NGC 6845. The HI emission extends over all four galaxies but can only be associated clearly with the two spiral galaxies, NGC 6845A and B, which show signs of strong tidal interaction. We derive a total HI mass of 1.8 x 1010 Msun, most of which is associated with NGC 6845A, the largest galaxy of the group. We investigate the tidal interaction between NGC 6845A and B by studying the kinematics of distinct HI components and their relation to the known HII regions. No HI emission is detected from the two lenticular galaxies, NGC 6845C and D. A previously uncatalogued dwarf galaxy, ATCA J2001-4659, was detected 4.4 arcmin NE from NGC 6845B and has an HI mass of about 5 x 108 Msun. No HI bridge is visible between the group and its newly detected companion. Extended 20-cm radio continuum emission is detected in NGC 6845A and B as well as in the tidal bridge between the two galaxies. We derive star formation rates of 15 to 40 Msun/year.

Figure 1: HI distribution in the NGC6845 group overlaid onto an optical image from the DSS.

Figure 2: A new galaxy in the NGC6845 galaxy group.

Figure 3: DSS optical image of the NGC6845 Quartet.

Figure 4: Deep optical image of the NGC6845 Quartet by Rose (1979).

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