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The twin-nucleus merging galaxy Markarian 266 (NGC 5256)Optical imaging in continuum and line wavelengths, spatially resolved optical spectroscopy, and 21 cm radio imaging of Markarian 266 are presented. The galaxy has faint extended plumes of luminosity, which indicate that it is a recent merger. There are extended regions of blue luminosity suggestive of recent star formation, and remarkable structure in forbidden O III line emission. Spectroscopic data show the velocities and densities in the ionized gas. Radio observations taken with the VLA show that both nuclei are resolved radio sources, and that there is a third radio source between them which has no optical counterpart; 21-cm absorption is seen against the brighter optical nucleus, indicating possible infall. These results are discussed in terms of galaxy mergers, nuclear activation, and ionized gas. Mkn 266 has many similarities to Arp 220 and appears to be a somewhat lower-luminosity version of the IRAS ultraluminous galaxies.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Hutchings, J. B. (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory Victoria, Canada)
Neff, S. G. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Van Gorkom, J. H. (Columbia University New York, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1988
Publication Information
Publication: Astronomical Journal
Volume: 96
ISSN: 0004-6256
Subject Category
Distribution Limits