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ID: 730147.0, MPI für Astronomie / Publikationen_mpia
A new faint Milky Way satellite discovered in the Pan-STARRS1 3π Survey
Authors:Laevens, B. P. M.; Martin, N. F.; Ibata, R. A.; Rix, H.-W.; Bernard, E. J.; Bell, E. F.; Sesar, B.; Ferguson, A. M. N.; Schlafly, E. F.; Slater, C. T.; Burgett, W. S.; Chambers, K. C.; Flewelling, H.; Hodapp, K. A.; Kaiser, N.; Kudritzki, R.-P.; Lupton, R. H.; Magnier, E. A.; Metcalfe, N.; Morgan, J. S.; Price, P. A.; Tonry, J. L.; Wainscoat, R. J.; Waters, C.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2015
Title of Journal:The Astrophysical Journal Letters
Issue / Number:2
Start Page:id. L18 (6 pp)
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:We present the discovery of a faint Milky Way satellite, Laevens 2/Triangulum II, found in the Panoramic Survey Telescope And Rapid Response System 3π imaging data and confirmed with follow-up wide-field photometry from the Large Binocular Cameras. The stellar system, with an absolute magnitude of MV = ‑1.8 ± 0.5, a heliocentric distance of 30-2+2 kpc, and a half-mass–radius of 34-8+9 pc, shows remarkable similarity to faint, nearby, small satellites such as Willman 1, Segue 1, Segue 2, and Boötes II. The discovery of Laevens 2/Triangulum II further populates the region of parameter space for which the boundary between dwarf galaxies and globular clusters becomes tenuous. Follow-up spectroscopy will ultimately determine the nature of this new satellite, whose spatial location hints at a possible connection with the complex Triangulum–Andromeda stellar structures. The LBT is an international collaboration among institutions in the United States, Italy, and Germany. LBT Corporation partners are The University of Arizona on behalf of the Arizona university system; Instituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy; LBT Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Germany, representing the Max-Planck Society, the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam, and Heidelberg University; The Ohio State University, and The Research Corporation, on behalf of The University of Notre Dame, University of Minnesota, and University of Virginia.
Free Keywords:galaxies: dwarf; Galaxy: structure; globular clusters: general; Local Group
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für Astronomie
Identifiers:ISSN:0004-637X %R 10.1088/2041-8205/802/2/L18
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