The ionized gas kinematics of the LMC-type galaxy NGC 1427A in the Fornax Cluster
NGC 1427A is a LMC-like irregular galaxy in the Fornax Cluster with an extended pattern of strong star formation around one of its edges, which is probably due to some kind of interaction with the cluster environment. We present Ha velocities within NGC 1427A, obtained through long-slit spectroscopy at seven different positions, chosen to fall on the brightest H rr regions of the galaxy. Because of its location very near the center of the cluster this object is an excellent candidate to study the effects that the cluster environment has on gas-rich galaxies embedded in it. The rotation of NGC 1427A is modeled in two different ways. The global ionized gas kinematics is reasonably well described by solid-body rotation, although on small scales it shows a chaotic behavior. In this simple model, the collision with a smaller member of the cluster as being responsible for the peculiar morphology of NGC 1427A is very unlikely, since the only candidate intruder falls smoothly into the general velocity pattern of the main galaxy. In a more elaborate model, for which we obtain a better solution, this object does not lie in the same plane of NGC 1427A, in which case we identify it as a satellite bound to the galaxy. These results are discussed in the context of a normal irregular versus one interacting with some external agent. Based on several arguments and quantitative estimates, we argue that the passage through the hot intracluster gas of the Fornax Cluster is a very likely scenario to explain the morphological properties of NGC 1427A, although our kinematical data are not enough to support it more firmly nor rule out the possibility of a normal irregular.
|Título según WOS:||The ionized gas kinematics of the LMC-type galaxy NGC 1427A in the Fornax Cluster|
|Título según SCOPUS:||The ionized gas kinematics of the LMC-type galaxy NGC 1427A in the fornax cluster|
|Título de la Revista:||ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL|
|Editorial:||IOP PUBLISHING LTD|
|Fecha de publicación:||2000|
|Página de inicio:||96|