Star-forming regions in the ring galaxies NGC 5585 and IC 1525
We use UBVRI CCD photometry to study star-forming regions (SFRs) in the galaxies NGC 5585 and IC 1525. The observations were acquired with the 1.5-m telescope of the Mt. Maidanak Observatory of the Astronomical Institute of the Uzbek Academy of Sciences (Uzbekistan), with seeing of 0.8″–1.8″. We identified 47 SFRs in NGC 5585 and 16 SFRs in IC 1525. We estimated the ages and internal extinctions of the SFRs using the PEGASE2 evolution models. The sizes of the SFRs were also determined. We discuss in detail the techniques applied to evaluate the SFR parameters from photometric analysis. The age range for the studied SFRs is (2–40) × 106 yrs, and the internal extinctions are A(V ) ≤ 1.5m. The age distributions of the SFRs in both galaxies are typical of stellar systems with intense, extended star formation. The internal extinction in the SFRs decreases with distance from the galactic centers: A(V ) ∝ −r. For both galaxies, the scale length for the decrease of the dust surface density, estimated from the A(V )−r relation for SFRs, is close to the scale length for the disk brightness decrease in the V and R bands. Relatively larger and older SFRs are observed in the galaxies’ rings, while such SFRs are not found in the spiral arms. We detected different SFR parameters for different spiral arms of NGC 5585.
KeywordsStar Formation Astronomy Report Color Index Stellar System Evolutionary Track
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