Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 330, Issue 1, pp 123–131 | Cite as

Supernova remnants, planetary nebulae and the distance to NGC 4214

  • Michael A. Dopita
  • Daniela Calzetti
  • Jesús Maíz Apellániz
  • William P. Blair
  • Knox S. Long
  • Max Mutchler
  • Bradley C. Whitmore
  • Howard E. Bond
  • John MacKenty
  • Bruce Balick
  • Marcella Carollo
  • Michael Disney
  • Jay A. Frogel
  • Robert O’Connell
  • Donald Hall
  • Jon A. Holtzman
  • Randy A. Kimble
  • Patrick McCarthy
  • Francesco Paresce
  • Abhijit Saha
  • Alistair R. Walker
  • Joe Silk
  • Marco Sirianni
  • John Trauger
  • Rogier Windhorst
  • Erick Young
Original Article

Abstract

We present narrow band, continuum subtracted Hα, [S ii], Hβ, [O iii] and [O ii] data taken with the Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope in the nearby dwarf starburst galaxy NGC 4214. From these images, we identify seventeen new planetary nebula candidates, and seven supernova remnant candidates. We use the observed emission line luminosity function of the planetary nebulae to establish a new velocity-independent distance to NGC 4214. We conclude that the PNLF technique gives a reddening independent distance to NGC 4214 of 3.19±0.36 Mpc, and that our current best-estimate of the distance to this galaxy ids 2.98±0.13 Mpc.

Keywords

Supernovae: general ISM: structure, supernova remnants Stars: planetary nebulae Galaxies: ISM, starburst, structure 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Dopita
    • 1
  • Daniela Calzetti
    • 2
  • Jesús Maíz Apellániz
    • 3
  • William P. Blair
    • 4
  • Knox S. Long
    • 5
  • Max Mutchler
    • 5
  • Bradley C. Whitmore
    • 5
  • Howard E. Bond
    • 5
  • John MacKenty
    • 5
  • Bruce Balick
    • 6
  • Marcella Carollo
    • 7
  • Michael Disney
    • 8
  • Jay A. Frogel
    • 9
  • Robert O’Connell
    • 10
  • Donald Hall
    • 11
  • Jon A. Holtzman
    • 12
  • Randy A. Kimble
    • 13
  • Patrick McCarthy
    • 14
  • Francesco Paresce
    • 15
  • Abhijit Saha
    • 16
  • Alistair R. Walker
    • 16
  • Joe Silk
    • 17
  • Marco Sirianni
    • 18
  • John Trauger
    • 19
  • Rogier Windhorst
    • 20
  • Erick Young
    • 21
  1. 1.Research School of Astronomy & AstrophysicsThe Australian National UniversityWeston CreekAustralia
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  3. 3.Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía-CSICGranadaSpain
  4. 4.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  5. 5.Space Telescope Science InstituteBaltimoreUSA
  6. 6.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  7. 7.Institute of Astronomy, ETH-ZurichZurichSwitzerland
  8. 8.Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  9. 9.Association of Universities for Research in AstronomyWashingtonUSA
  10. 10.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  11. 11.Institute for AstronomyHonoluluUSA
  12. 12.New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  13. 13.Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  14. 14.Carnegie Institute of WashingtonPasadenaUSA
  15. 15.Institute of Space Astrophysics, INAFBolognaItaly
  16. 16.NOAOTucsonUSA
  17. 17.University of OxfordOxfordUK
  18. 18.European Space AgencyDarmstadtGermany
  19. 19.NASA JPLPasadenaUSA
  20. 20.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  21. 21.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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