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Volume 388, Number 2, June III 2002
Page(s) 461 - 469
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20020571


A&A 388, 461-469 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20020571

A lopsided chemically distinct nucleus in NGC 5055

V. L. Afanasiev1 and O. K. Sil'chenko2, 3

1  Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, 369167 Russia
2  Sternberg Astronomical Institute, University Av. 13, Moscow 119992, Russia
3  Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, Moscow Branch

(Received 23 November 2001/ Accepted 12 April 2002 )

Abstract
Kinematics and stellar population properties in the center of nearby Sbc galaxy NGC 5055 are studied with the Multi-Pupil Spectrograph of the 6 m telescope of the Special Astrophysical Observatory of Russian Academy of Sciences (SAO RAS). We confirm the rotation and stellar velocity dispersion asymmetries along the major axis reported earlier by other authors. We have found a resolved chemically distinct core in NGC 5055, with the magnesium-enhanced region shifted by $2\farcs
5$ (100 pc) to the south-west from a photometric center, toward a kinematically identified circumnuclear stellar disk. Mean ages of stellar populations in the true nucleus, defined as the photometric center, and in the magnesium-enhanced substructure are coincident and equal to 3-4 Gyr being younger by several Gyr with respect to the bulge stellar population. A possible origin of the asymmetries in the center of NGC 5055 is discussed.


Key words: galaxies: individual: NGC 5055 -- galaxies: nuclei -- galaxies: stellar content -- galaxies: kinematics and dynamics -- galaxies: evolution

Offprint request: O. K. Sil'chenko, olga@sai.msu.su

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