An extragalactic HII region in the Virgo cluster

Luca Cortese, G. Gavazzi, A. Boselli, J. Iglesias-Paramo

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We present spectroscopic observations for six emission-line objects projected onto the Virgo cluster. These sources have been selected from narrow band (Ha + [NII]) images showing faint detectable continuum emission and EW > 100 Å. Five of these sources result [OIII]?5007 emitters at z ~ 0.31, while one 122603+130724 is confirmed to be an HII region belonging to the Virgo cluster. This point-like source has a recessional velocity of ~200 km s-1, and is associated with the giant galaxy VCC 873 (NGC 4402). It has a higher luminosity, star formation rate and metallicity than the extragalactic HII region recently discovered near the Virgo galaxy VCC 836 by Gerhard et al. (2002).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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