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Astron. Astrophys. 328, 43-47 (1997)

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NGC 488: has its massive bulge been built up by minor mergers?

Burkhard Fuchs

Astronomisches Rechen-Institut Heidelberg, Mönchhofstr. 12-14, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany

Received 21 April 1997 / Accepted 21 July 1997


Using recent observations of the kinematics of the disk stars the dynamical state of the disk of NGC 488 is discussed. The disk is shown to be dynamically `cool', so that NGC 488 cannot have experienced many - even minor - mergers in the past.

Key words: galaxies: individual: NGC 488 – galaxies: interactions – galaxies: kinematics and dynamics

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