Publication Date

2005

Journal or Book Title

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Abstract

We present an HI synthesis imaging study of NGC 864 (CIG 96), a spiral galaxy well isolated from similarly sized companions, yet presenting an intriguing asymmetry in its integral HI spectrum. The asymmetry in the HI profile is associated with a strong kinematical perturbation in the gaseous envelope of the galaxy, where at one side the decay of the rotation curve is faster than Keplerian. We detect a small (M(HI) = 5 106 ) galaxy with a faint optical counterpart at ~80 kpc projected distance from NGC 864. This galaxy is probably not massive enough to have caused the perturbations in NGC 864. We discuss alternatives, such as the accretion of a gaseous companion at a radial velocity lower than the maximum.

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This is the pre-published version harvested from ArXiv. The published version is located at http://www.aanda.org/index.php?option=com_article&access=doi&doi=10.1051/0004-6361:20052743&Itemid=129

Volume

442

Pages

455-459

Issue

2

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