Volume 629, September 2019
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Section||Letters to the Editor|
|Published online||22 August 2019|
Letter to the Editor
Distance to the nearby dwarf galaxy [TT2009] 25 in the NGC 891 group using the tip of the red giant branch⋆
Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg (ObAS), Université de Strasbourg – CNRS, UMR 7550, Strasbourg, France
2 European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild Strasse 2, 85748 Garching, Germany
Accepted: 8 August 2019
Dwarf galaxies are key objects for small-scale cosmological tests like the abundance problems or the planes-of-satellites problem. A crucial task is therefore to get accurate information for as many nearby dwarf galaxies as possible. Using extremely deep, ground-based V and i-band Subaru Suprime Cam photometry with a completeness of i = 27 mag, we measure the distance of the dwarf galaxy [TT2009] 25 using the tip of the red giant branch as a standard candle. This dwarf resides in the field around the Milky Way-analog NGC 891. Using a Bayesian approach, we measure a distance of 10.28−1.73+1.17 Mpc, which is consistent with the distance of NGC 891, and thus confirm it as a member of NGC 891. The dwarf galaxy follows the scaling relations defined by the Local Group dwarfs. We do not find an extended stellar halo around [TT2009] 25. In the small field of view of 100 kpc covered by the survey, only one bright dwarf galaxy and the giant stream are apparent. This is comparable to the Milky Way, where one bright dwarf resides in the same volume, as well as the Sagittarius stream – excluding satellites which are farther away but would be projected in the line-of-sight. It is thus imperative to survey for additional dwarf galaxies in a larger area around NGC 891 to test the abundance of dwarf galaxies and compare this to the number of satellites around the Milky Way.
Key words: galaxies: dwarf / galaxies: distances and redshifts / galaxies: groups: individual: NGC 891
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© O. Müller et al. 2019
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Open Access funding provided by Max Planck Society.
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