Volume 487, Number 2, August IV 2008
|Page(s)||L29 - L32|
|Published online||01 July 2008|
Letter to the Editor
Detection of the host galaxy of S5 0716+714
Tuorla Observatory, University of Turku, Väisäläntie 20, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland e-mail: email@example.com
2 Nordic Optical Telescope, Apartado 474, 38700 Santa Cruz de La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
3 Metsähovi Radio Observatory, TKK, Helsinki University of Technology, Metsähovintie 114, 02540 Kylmälä, Finland
Accepted: 20 June 2008
We have acquired a deep i-band image of the BL Lacertae object S5 0716+714 while the target was in an low optical state. Due to the faintness of the nucleus, we were able to detect the underlying host galaxy. The host galaxy is measured to have an I-band magnitude of and an effective radius of () arcsec. Using the host galaxy as a “standard candle”, we derive (1σ error) for the host galaxy of S5 0716+714. This redshift is consistent with the redshift determined by spectroscopy for 3 galaxies close to S5 0716+714. The effective radius at would be kpc, which is consistent with values obtained for BL Lac host galaxies. An optical spectrum acquired during the same epoch shows no identifiable spectral lines.
Key words: galaxies: active / galaxies: distances and redshifts / BL Lacertae objects: individual: S5 0716+714
© ESO, 2008
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