Astrophys. J., 800, L15 (2015/February-2)
H II regions within a compact high velocity cloud. A nearly starless dwarf galaxy?
BELLAZZINI M., MAGRINI L., MUCCIARELLI A., BECCARI G., IBATA R., BATTAGLIA G., MARTIN N., TESTA V., FUMANA M., MARCHETTI A., CORRENTI M. and FRATERNALI F.
Abstract (from CDS):
Within the SECCO survey we identified a candidate stellar counterpart to the Ultra Compact High Velocity Cloud (UCHVC) HVC274.68+74.70-123 that was suggested by Adams et al. to be a possible mini halo within the Local Group of galaxies. The spectroscopic follow-up of the brightest sources within the candidate reveals the presence of two H ii regions whose radial velocity is compatible with a physical association with the UVHVC. The available data do not allow us to give a definite answer on the nature of the newly identified system. A few alternative hypotheses are discussed. However, the most likely possibility is that we have found a new faint dwarf galaxy residing in the Virgo cluster of galaxies, which we name SECCO 1. Independently of its actual distance, SECCO 1 displays a ratio of neutral hydrogen mass to V luminosity of MH1/LV ≳ 20, by far the largest among local dwarfs. Hence, it appears to be a nearly starless galaxy and it may be an example of the missing links between normal dwarfs and the dark mini halos that are predicted to exist in large numbers according to the currently accepted cosmological model.
H ii regions - galaxies: dwarf - galaxies: star formation
Text, Table 2: SECCO N (No. 1). Figs 2-3, Table 1: [BMM2015] SNA (Nos S2-S3, S3A-S3B).
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