FAUST observations of ultraviolet sources in the directions of NGC 4038-39 and 6752

Julian Daniels*, Noah Brosch, Elchanan Almoznino, Ohad Shemmer, Stuart Bowyer, Michael Lampton

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Analysis of ultraviolet (UV) observations with the FAUST shuttle-borne telescope toward the Antennae and NGC 6752 celestial regions resulted in the detection of 46 and 221 candidate sources respectively, for a signal-to-noise ratio of 8. We discuss the source detection process and the identification of UV sources with optical counterparts. Using correlations with existing catalogues, we present reliable identifications for approximately 60 per cent of the sources. We find that most identified objects are B, A and F stars. The remaining identified objects are galaxies, a white dwarf in a binary system, and two K-type stars. Nearly all of the remaining unidentified objects have assigned optical counterparts but, lacking additional information, we give these only as best estimates. With help from new diagnostic diagrams, we suggest that these unclassified objects are main-sequence (or giant) stars within the local spiral arm or halo; or other hot evolved objects within the local spiral arm. We discuss the nature of the objects found and compare our results with those predicted from spectral and Galactic models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)580-598
Number of pages19
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2001


  • Galaxy: stellar content
  • Ultraviolet: galaxies
  • Ultraviolet: stars


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