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2006ApJ...653L..29S - Astrophys. J., 653, L29-L32 (2006/December-2)

Discovery of a faint old stellar system at 150 kpc.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report the detection of a faint old stellar system at (α, δ)=(194°.29, 34°.32) (SDSS J1257+3419), based on the spatial distribution of bright red giant branch stars in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Data Release 4. SDSS J1257+3419 has a half-light radius of 38±12 pc and an absolute integrated V magnitude of MV=-4.8+1.4–1.0mag at a heliocentric distance of 150±15 kpc. A comparison between SDSS J1257+3419 and known Galactic halo objects suggests that SDSS J1257+3419 is either (1) a faint and small dwarf galaxy or (2) a faint and widely extended globular cluster. In the former case, SDSS J1257+3419 could represent an entity of a postulated subhalo of the Milky Way. Further photometric and dynamical study of this stellar system is vital to distinguish these possibilities.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxies: Dwarf - Galaxy: Halo - Galaxy: Globular Clusters: General

CDS comments: SDSS J1257+3419 = EQ J1257+3419 in SIMBAD. Misprint ? (not found in any SDSS release).

Simbad objects: 9

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