A High-Excitation HII Region in the faint dwarf elliptical galaxy A0951+68

R. A. Johnson, A. Lawrence, R. Terlevich, D. Carter

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We present the results of BVRI imaging and optical spectroscopy of the dwarf galaxy A0951+68. The images reveal that, although this galaxy is classified as a dwarf elliptical, it has some properties that are similar to dwarf irregular galaxies. It contains two bright knots of emission, one of which is red and unresolved, and the other blue and unresolved. The blue knot also shows a high-excitation emission-line spectrum. The observed line ratios indicate that this is an H II region, though with some line ratios that are border-line with those in AGM. The emission-line luminosity is consistent with ionization by a single, very luminous O star, or several smaller O stars, but the extended blue light in the knot shows that this has occurred as part of a substantial recent star formation event. We find that the metal abundance, while low compared to typical large galaxies, actually seems to be high for such a low-luminosity dwarf. The position of A0951 in the literature is incorrect, and we provide the correct value.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-340
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 1997


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