Volume 383, Number 2, FebruaryIV 2002
|Page(s)||390 - 397|
|Section||Cosmology (including clusters of galaxies)|
|Published online||15 February 2002|
ESO 603-G21: A strange polar-ring galaxy*
Astronomical Institute of St.Petersburg State University, 198504 St. Petersburg, Russia
2 Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, St. Petersburg Branch, Russia
3 MCT/Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, Caixa Postal 21, CEP:37.504-364, Itajubá, MG, Brazil e-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Corresponding author: V. P. Reshetnikov, email@example.com
Accepted: 26 November 2001
We present the results of B, V, R surface photometry of ESO 603-G21 – a galaxy with a possible polar ring. The morphological and photometric features of this galaxy are discussed. The central round object of the galaxy is rather red and presents a nearly exponential surface brightness distribution. This central structure is surrounded by a blue warped ring or disk. The totality of the observed characteristics (optical and NIR colors, strong color gradients, HI and H2 content, FIR luminosity and star-formation rate, rotation-curve shape, global mass-to-luminosity ratio, the agreement with the Tully-Fisher relation, etc.) shows that ESO 603-G21 is similar to late-type spiral galaxies. We suppose that morphological peculiarities and the possible existence of two large-scale kinematically-decoupled subsystems in ESO 603-G21 can be explained as being a result of dissipative merging of two spiral galaxies or as a consequence of a companion accretion onto a pre-existing spiral host.
Key words: galaxies: individual: ESO 603-G21 / galaxies: kinematics and dynamics / galaxies: photometry / galaxies: formation / galaxies: structure
© ESO, 2002
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