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Volume 376, Number 2, September II 2001
Page(s) 393 - 401
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010995

A&A 376, 393-401 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010995

A possible X-ray jet from the starburst galaxy NGC 6217

W. Pietsch1 and H. Arp2

1  Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, 85741 Garching, Germany
2  Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, 85741 Garching, Germany

(Received 19 April 2001 / Accepted 6 July 2001)

Deep ROSAT PSPC and HRI observations of the nuclear starburst, UV flat spectrum spiral NGC 6217 reveal a jet-like X-ray filament extending out 2$\farcm$7 (18.8 kpc) to the SW of the galaxy. Radio images of NGC 6217 show an extent in the same direction, giving further evidence for a one-sided X-ray jet interpretation of this feature. Its X-ray spectrum is harder than that of NGC 6217 and the luminosity in the 0.5-2.0 keV band is ~1.7 $\times 10^{39}$ erg s-1. We compare our findings to parameters of other X-ray jets from other active galaxies. We also give positions of a total of 91 X-ray sources detected in the field to a limiting 0.5-2.0 keV flux of ~2.2 $\times 10^{-15}$ erg cm-2 s-1 and propose optical and radio identifications. Some of these sources have been identified in the RIXOS program.

Key words: galaxies: individual: NGC 6217 -- galaxies: jets -- galaxies: quasars: general -- galaxies: Seyfert -- radio continuum: galaxies -- X-rays: galaxies

Offprint request: W. Pietsch, wnp@mpe.mpg.de

SIMBAD Objects in preparation

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