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Astron. Astrophys. 352, L36-L39 (1999)

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Letter to the Editor

Quantitative interpretation of the morphology of NGC 1288 *

B. Fuchs 1 and C. Möllenhoff 2

1 Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Mönchhofstrasse 12-14, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany (fuchs@ari.uni.heidelberg.de)
2 Landessternwarte, Königstuhl, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany (cmoellen@lsw.uni.heidelberg.de)

Received 13 August 1999 / Accepted 3 October 1999


We present a quantitative photometry of the bulge and disk of NGC 1288. We deduce from the multiplicity of spiral arms, using arguments of density wave theory, that NGC 1288 must be imbedded in a dark halo.

Key words: galaxies: individual: NGC 1288 – galaxies: kinematics and dynamics – galaxies: photometry – cosmology: dark matter

* Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile (VLT UT1 Commissioning Program).

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Online publication: November 23, 1999