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Astron. Astrophys. 363, L17-L20 (2000)

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Letter to the Editor

J1343+3758: the third largest FRII-type radio galaxy in the Universe

J. Machalski and M. Jamrozy

Jagellonian University, Astronomical Observatory, ul. Orla 171, 30244 Cracow, Poland (machalsk@oa.uj.edu.pl, jamrozy@oa.uj.edu.pl)

Received 11 August 2000 / Accepted 17 October 2000


A radio source of the Fanaroff-Riley type II with the angular size of 11.3 arc min is identified with an optical galaxy at [FORMULA]. Thus, the projected linear extent of the radio structure is 3.14 Mpc which makes it the third largest classical double radio source known after 3C236 and WNB2147+816. The high-frequency VLA observations, a galaxy identification and its optical spectroscopy are reported. The equipartition magnetic field and energy density in the source is calculated and compared with corresponding parameters of other giants known, indicating that either parameter of the source investigated is extremely low. On the other hand, the age estimate of relativistic electrons and the advance speed of the lobe material are comparable to the respective parameters characterizing other low-luminosity giant sources, as well as much smaller and brighter 3CR sources. The environment analysis suggests that J1343+3758 lies in a significantly poor region of intergalactic medium.

Key words: radio continuum: galaxies – galaxies: active – galaxies: individual:

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