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A rogues gallery of Andromeda’s dwarf galaxies – II. Precise distances to 17 faint satellites

Weisz, Daniel R, Dolphin, Andrew E, Martin, Nicolas F, Albers, Saundra M, Collins, Michelle L. M., Ferguson, Annette M N, Lewis, Geraint F, Mackey, A Dougal, McConnachie, Alan, Rich, R Michael and Skillman, Evan D (2019) A rogues gallery of Andromeda’s dwarf galaxies – II. Precise distances to 17 faint satellites Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 489 (1). pp. 763-770.

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We present new horizontal branch (HB) distance measurements to 17 of the faintest known M31 satellites (−6 ≲ MV ≲ −13) based on deep Hubble Space Telescope (HST) imaging. The colour–magnitude diagrams extend ∼1–2 mag below the HB, which provides for well-defined HBs, even for faint galaxies in which the tip of the red giant branch (TRGB) is sparsely populated. We determine distances across the sample to an average precision of 4 per cent (∼30 kpc at 800 kpc).We find that the majority of these galaxies are in good agreement, though slightly farther (0.1–0.2 mag) when compared to recent ground-based TRGB distances. Two galaxies (And IX and And XVII) have discrepant HST and ground-based distances by ∼0.3 mag (∼150 kpc), which may be due to contamination from Milky Way foreground stars and/or M31 halo stars in sparsely populated TRGB regions. We use the new distances to update the luminosities and structural parameters for these 17 M31 satellites. The new distances do not substantially change the spatial configuration of the M31 satellite system. We comment on future prospects for precise and accurate HB distances for faint galaxies in the Local Group and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Physics
Authors :
Weisz, Daniel R
Dolphin, Andrew E
Martin, Nicolas F
Albers, Saundra M
Collins, Michelle L.
Ferguson, Annette M N
Lewis, Geraint F
Mackey, A Dougal
McConnachie, Alan
Rich, R Michael
Skillman, Evan D
Date : 22 July 2019
DOI : 10.1093/mnras/stz1984
Copyright Disclaimer : This article has been accepted for publication in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society] ©: 2019 The Author(s) Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Galaxies: distances and redshifts – galaxies: dwarf – Local Group.
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 17 Sep 2019 13:24
Last Modified : 17 Sep 2019 13:25

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