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Astron. Astrophys. 341, L5-L8 (1999)

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Letter to the Editor

A QSO 2.4 arcsec from a dwarf galaxy - the rest of the story

Halton Arp

Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, D-85740 Garching, Germany

Received 18 May 1998 / Accepted 11 November 1998


D. Reimers and H.-J. Hagen report in A&A 329, L25 (1998) that a QSO of [FORMULA] is a "by chance projection" on the center of a galaxy of [FORMULA]. A considerable amount of previously published evidence would lead us to expect an active, low redshift galaxy within about one degree of such a quasar. It is shown here that, in fact, there is a bright Seyfert galaxy of [FORMULA] only 36.9 arcmin distance. Moreover, it turns out that a total of five quasars, plus the dwarf galaxy, are accurately aligned along the minor axis of this Seyfert with the quasars in descending order of redshift, i.e., [FORMULA]2.13, 1.97, .81, .69 and .35.

Key words: galaxies: active – galaxies: individual: NGC 5985 – galaxies: quasars: general – galaxies: Seyfert

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Online publication: November 26, 1998