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Astron. Astrophys. 330, 819-822 (1998)

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Research Note

M 32-like galaxies: still very rare

M 32 analogues do not exist in the Leo group

B.L. Ziegler * and R. Bender

Universitäts-Sternwarte, Scheinerstraße 1, D-81679 München, Germany (ziegler@usm.uni-muenchen.de)

Received 4 September 1997 / Accepted 7 October 1997


New observations of galaxies in the direction of the Leo group, which were classified as being candidates for M 32-like dwarf galaxies by Ferguson & Sandage (1990), show that these galaxies are normal elliptical galaxies at redshifts between [FORMULA] and [FORMULA]. This result adds further evidence that the faint end of the luminosity function of elliptical galaxies falls off very steeply and that objects like M 32 are extremely rare.

Key words: galaxies: compact – galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD – galaxies: fundamental parameters

* Visiting astronomer of the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, jointly with the Spanish National Commission for Astronomy.

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Online publication: January 27, 1998