Blasting away a dwarf galaxy: The 'tail' of ESO 324-G024

M.C. Johnson, P. Kamphuis, B.S. Koribalski, J. Wang, Se-Heon Oh, A.S. Hill, S. O'Sullivan, S. Haan, P. Serra

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    © 2015 The Authors. We present Australia Telescope Compact Array radio data of the dwarf irregular galaxy ESO 324-G024 which is seen in projection against the giant, northern lobe of the radio galaxy Centaurus A (Cen A, NGC 5128). The distorted morphology and kinematics of ESO 324- G024, as observed in the 21 cm spectral line emission of neutral hydrogen, indicate disruptions by external forces. We investigate whether tidal interactions and/or ram pressure stripping are responsible for the formation of the HI tail stretching to the north-east of ESO 324-G024 with the latter being most probable. Furthermore, we closely analyse the sub-structure of Cen A's polarized radio lobes to ascertain whether ESO 324-G024 is located in front, within or behind the northern lobe. Our multiwavelength, multicomponent approach allows us to determine that ESO 324-G024 is most likely behind the northern radio lobe of Cen A. This result helps to constrain the orientation of the lobe, which is likely inclined to our line of sight by approximately 60° if NGC 5128 and ESO 324-G024 are at the same distance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3192-3209
    JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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