Recent star formation in nearby galaxies from galaxy evolution explorer imaging: M101 and M51



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Gil de Paz, Armando and otros, ... (2005) Recent star formation in nearby galaxies from galaxy evolution explorer imaging: M101 and M51. Astrophysical journal, 619 (1). L71-L74. ISSN 0004-637X

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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) Nearby Galaxies Survey is providing deep far-UV and near-UV imaging for a representative sample of galaxies in the local universe. We present early results for M51 and M101, from GALEX UV imaging and Sloan Digital Sky Survey optical data in five bands. The multiband photometry of compact stellar complexes in M101 is compared to population synthesis models, to derive ages, reddening, reddening-corrected luminosities, and current/initial masses. The GALEX UV photometry provides a complete census of young compact complexes on a ≈160 pc scale. A galactocentric gradient of the far-UV/near-UV color indicates younger stellar populations toward the outer parts of the galaxy disks, the effect being more pronounced in M101 than in M51.

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© 2005. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved. Artículo firmado por 27 autores. GALEX is a NASA Small Explorer, launched in 2003 April. We gratefully acknowledge NASA’s support for construction, operation, and science analysis of the GALEX mission, developed in cooperation with the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales of France and the Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. We are very grateful to R. Chandar for helpful discussions and to the referee for many useful suggestions.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Stellar population; Ultraviolet; Scale; Resolution; Field
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Physics > Astronomy
ID Code:35959
Deposited On:26 Feb 2016 14:52
Last Modified:10 Dec 2018 15:05

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