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2010A&A...524A..71B - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 524, A71-71 (2010/12-1)

The inner halo of M 87: a first direct view of the red-giant population.


Abstract (from CDS):

An unusually deep (V, I) imaging dataset for the Virgo supergiant M 87 with the Hubble Space Telescope ACS successfully resolves its brightest red-giant stars, reaching MI(lim)=-2.5. After assessing the photometric completeness and biasses, we use this material to estimate the metallicity distribution for the inner halo of M 87, finding that the distribution is very broad and likely to peak near [m/H]~=-0.4 and perhaps higher. The shape of the MDF strongly resembles that of the inner halo for the nearby giant E galaxy NGC 5128. As a byproduct of our study, we also obtain a preliminary measurement of the distance to M 87 with the TRGB (red-giant branch tip) method; the result is (m-M)0=31.12±0.14 (d=16.7±0.9Mpc). Averaging this result with three other recent techniques give a weighted mean d(M 87)=(16.4±0.5)Mpc.

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Journal keyword(s): galaxies: stellar content - galaxies: halos - galaxies: individual: M 87

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