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2011AJ....142..165T - Astron. J., 142, 165 (2011/November-0)

Optical spectra of candidate southern hemisphere international celestial reference frame (ICRF) radio sources.

TITOV O., JAUNCEY D.L., JOHNSTON H.M., HUNSTEAD R.W. and CHRISTENSEN L.

Abstract (from CDS):

We present the results of spectroscopic observations of the optical counterparts of 47 southern radio sources from the candidate International Celestial Reference Catalogue as part of a very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) program to strengthen the celestial reference frame, especially in the south. We made the observations with the 3.58 m European Southern Observatory New Technology Telescope. We obtained redshifts for 30 quasars and one radio galaxy, with a further seven objects being probable BL Lac objects with featureless spectra. Of the remainder, four were clear misidentifications with Galactic stars and five had low signal-to-noise spectra and could not be classified. These results, in combination with new VLBI data of the radio sources with redshifts more than 2, add significantly to the existing data needed to refine the distribution of source proper motions over the celestial sphere.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: distances and redshifts - quasars: emission lines - radio continuum: general - reference systems

Simbad objects: 47

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