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Optical spectroscopy for a sample of southern binary galaxies
Aims.This work is part of a joint observational program aiming to getphotometric and spectroscopic information on southern pairs of galaxies.We present optical long-slit spectroscopic data on 80 probablecomponents of pairs, 61 of them collected with a spectral resolution of3.4 Å, and 19 with 12 Å. Nevertheless, our analysis takesinto account 53 components of pairs with better spectral resolution, as8 of these target galaxies actually belong to optical pairs. For thesample with better resolution, the covered wavelength range is 5724≤ λ ≤ 7036 Å. The spectroscopic and photometricinformation is gathered for an analysis relating galaxy morphologies totheir spectra. Methods: .We use Hα +[NII] and Hα equivalent widths as star formationtracers for the central region of our sample galaxies, and we classifythe spectra according to the emission lines' relative strength bylooking at their behavior. Results: . Some of our sample galaxiesexhibit high central star formation, most of them belonging to closepairs. However, not all galaxies' components of close pairs show thisbehavior. This may be a clue that besides interaction, other agents canstimulate central emission in binary galaxies. We suggest an enhancementin the number of galaxies with peculiar spectra (probably Seyferts) inour binary sample, when compared to isolated galaxies. Our dataindicates that the morphological types of interacting galaxies arerelated to their spectral characteristics, as almost all early-typegalaxies of our sample do not exhibit central optical emission. We notethat the star formation activity is most likely to take place in bothpairs' components, with a slightly higher mean strength for the lessbright component of the pair. It is interesting to point out that mostspirals exhibiting a strong HII emission line spectra present either abar or a peculiarity, but on a general basis we do not find anenhancement of star formation in our interaction sample.

Photometric study of a sample of southern binary galaxies
Aims.This work exhibits the basic optical photometric data for a sampleof 50 probable southern binary galaxies. Our sample covers a broad rangeof pair separations, stages of interaction, and morphologies. From theinitial list of selected pairs, using spectroscopic data from theliterature and our own data, we conclude that 84% of these systems aretrue binary galaxies. Methods: .We present residual and asymmetricmaps, R major semi-axis profiles of surface brightness, ellipticity,position-angle, harmonic Fourier coefficients of third and fourth order(b3 and b_4) for 50 probable pairs, and B-R color maps for 47of these pairs. For most galaxies, we present the profiles in twodifferent ways, aiming to verify the influence of random errors onthem. Results: . We note that random errors in position-angleprofiles are at least 2°, but a more significant result must takeinto account a variation larger than 11° for this distribution.Barred galaxies usually show a typical behavior in ellipticity andposition-angle profiles: these profiles display variations when changingfrom a bar to a disk region. In some cases, the variations also occuralong the bar. Some galaxies show distribution profiles that are commonfor their morphological type, and the interaction signature is onlyevidenced by their residual maps. Bars are usually redder and rings arebluer, when compared with the galaxy outskirts. Conclusions: .Ourdata indicates that there is a connection between interaction strengthand morphological distortions in binary galaxies. If we consider theprojected separation of a pair as an indication of interaction strength,distortions such as displaced centers, anomalous shapes of spiral arms,and twistings of external regions are easily detected in some closepairs, although not all components of close pairs show this behavior.Our data suggests that besides interaction, other parameters, likeorbital geometry and internal properties of galaxies, can stimulatebinary galaxies' peculiarities.

Classifications of the Host Galaxies of Supernovae, Set III
A homogeneous sample comprising host galaxies of 604 recent supernovae,including 212 objects discovered primarily in 2003 and 2004, has beenclassified on the David Dunlap Observatory system. Most SN 1991bg-likeSNe Ia occur in E and E/Sa galaxies, whereas the majority of SN1991T-like SNe Ia occur in intermediate-type galaxies. This differenceis significant at the 99.9% level. As expected, all types of SNe II arerare in early-type galaxies, whereas normal SNe Ia occur in all Hubbletypes. This difference is significant at the 99.99% level. A smallnumber of SNe II in E galaxies might be due to galaxy classificationerrors or to a small young-population component in these mainly oldobjects. No significant difference is found between the distributionsover the Hubble type of SNe Ibc and SNe II. This confirms that both ofthese types of objects have similar (massive) progenitors. The presentdata show that in order to understand the dependence of supernova typeon host-galaxy population, it is more important to obtain accuratemorphological classifications than it is to increase the size of thedata sample.

Supernovae 2003gi and 2003gj
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A search for Low Surface Brightness galaxies in the near-infrared. I. Selection of the sample
A sample of about 3800 Low Surface Brightness (LSB) galaxies wasselected using the all-sky near-infrared (J, H and Ks-band)2MASS survey. The selected objects have a mean central surfacebrightness within a 5'' radius around their centre fainter than 18 magarcsec-2 in the Ks band, making them the lowestsurface brightness galaxies detected by 2MASS. A description is given ofthe relevant properties of the 2MASS survey and the LSB galaxy selectionprocedure, as well as of basic photometric properties of the selectedobjects. The latter properties are compared to those of other samples ofgalaxies, of both LSBs and ``classical'' high surface brightness (HSB)objects, which were selected in the optical. The 2MASS LSBs have aBT_c-KT colour which is on average 0.9 mag bluerthan that of HSBs from the NGC. The 2MASS sample does not appear tocontain a significant population of red objects.All tables and Figs. 2a-c are only available in electronic form athttp://www.edpsciences.org

Southern Isolated Galaxy Triplets
Seventy-six isolated triple systems of galaxies with declinatiosnδ<-3° were selected using ESO/SERC and POSS-I sky surveydata. The equatorial coordinates, configuration types, angular sizes,component angular separations, component morphological types, totalmagnitudes, and other parameters are reported for each triplet.Radial-velocity estimates are available for all components in 33 of the76 triplets. The median values of the main dynamicalparameters—radial-velocity dispersion, mean harmonic radius,absolute magnitudes of member galaxies, and mass-to-luminosityratios—are similar to those obtained earlier for 83 isolatedtriple systems with δ>-3°.

The 1.0 Megaparsec Galaxy Pair Sample in Low-Density Regions
Using complete redshift catalogs, we have compiled a list of galaxypairs based solely on a pair's projected separation, rp, andvelocity difference, ΔV. We have made high-velocity precision H Iobservations of each galaxy in the sample and have reported these in theliterature. Due to the nature of the redshift catalogs, we are able toquantitatively evaluate the effects of isolation and number density ofsurrounding galaxies on each pair in the sample. For the close galaxypairs (rp<100 kpc), the degree of isolation (a measure ofthe number of near neighbors) has little effect on the median ΔV.This median is about 55 km s-1 for the 25 close pairs (ifmedium-density close pairs are omitted ΔV is even smaller, but thedifference is not statistically significant). The effect of isolation isstrong for the entire sample of galaxy pairs with separations as largeas 1.0 Mpc. For these larger separation pairs, relaxation of strictisolation requirements introduces small groups into the sample, whichdramatically increases the median ΔV. We find little evidence ofan increase in the median ΔV with decreasing rp, norwith increasing total luminosity. For our isolated pairs in low-densityregions, the overall median ΔV is only 30 km s-1. Forsimilar separations and isolation criteria, galaxy satellites withlarger luminosity ratios (i.e., less dynamical friction) in higherdensity regions have ΔV approximately twice as large. Weconjecture that our orbits are highly eccentric, so that the indirecteffect of dynamical friction leads to predominantly small ΔV.However, the halos of our galaxies may also be of low density (althoughhighly extended).

Nearby Optical Galaxies: Selection of the Sample and Identification of Groups
In this paper we describe the Nearby Optical Galaxy (NOG) sample, whichis a complete, distance-limited (cz<=6000 km s-1) andmagnitude-limited (B<=14) sample of ~7000 optical galaxies. Thesample covers 2/3 (8.27 sr) of the sky (|b|>20deg) andappears to have a good completeness in redshift (97%). We select thesample on the basis of homogenized corrected total blue magnitudes inorder to minimize systematic effects in galaxy sampling. We identify thegroups in this sample by means of both the hierarchical and thepercolation ``friends-of-friends'' methods. The resulting catalogs ofloose groups appear to be similar and are among the largest catalogs ofgroups currently available. Most of the NOG galaxies (~60%) are found tobe members of galaxy pairs (~580 pairs for a total of ~15% of objects)or groups with at least three members (~500 groups for a total of ~45%of objects). About 40% of galaxies are left ungrouped (field galaxies).We illustrate the main features of the NOG galaxy distribution. Comparedto previous optical and IRAS galaxy samples, the NOG provides a densersampling of the galaxy distribution in the nearby universe. Given itslarge sky coverage, the identification of groups, and its high-densitysampling, the NOG is suited to the analysis of the galaxy density fieldof the nearby universe, especially on small scales.

Look-alike galaxies:. HI observations for look-alike galaxies of four calibrators
We present a programme aiming at applying the Tully-Fisher relation forgalaxies with the same morphological type and the same inclination(look-alike galaxies or sosie galaxies) as calibrating galaxies. Theadvantage of sosie galaxies is discussed. In particular, it is shownthat using sosies of bright calibrators will allow us to explore theuniverse deeper and more efficiently than the classical TF methodapplied to different morphological types and different inclinations. Asa preliminary part, we report in this paper new HI observationsperformed with the radiotelescope of Nançay (France) for sosiesof four calibrators NGC 224, NGC 3031, NGC 253 and NGC 5457. 82 galaxieswere detected. These observations made use of Nançayradiotelescope. The Nançay Radio Observatory is the Unitéscientifique de Nançay of the Observatoire de Paris,associated asUnité de Service et de Recherche (USR) No. B704 to the FrenchCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The NançayObservatory also acknowledges the financial support of the ConseilRégional of the Région Centre in France.

The Southern Sky Redshift Survey
We report redshifts, magnitudes, and morphological classifications for5369 galaxies with m_B <= 15.5 and for 57 galaxies fainter than thislimit, in two regions covering a total of 1.70 sr in the southerncelestial hemisphere. The galaxy catalog is drawn primarily from thelist of nonstellar objects identified in the Hubble Space TelescopeGuide Star Catalog (GSC). The galaxies have positions accurate to ~1"and magnitudes with an rms scatter of ~0.3 mag. We compute magnitudes(m_SSRS2) from the relation between instrumental GSC magnitudes and thephotometry by Lauberts & Valentijn. From a comparison with CCDphotometry, we find that our system is homogeneous across the sky andcorresponds to magnitudes measured at the isophotal level ~26 magarcsec^-2. The precision of the radial velocities is ~40 km s^-1, andthe redshift survey is more than 99% complete to the m_SSRS2 = 15.5 maglimit. This sample is in the direction opposite that of the CfA2; incombination the two surveys provide an important database for studies ofthe properties of galaxies and their large-scale distribution in thenearby universe. Based on observations obtained at Cerro TololoInter-American Observatory, National Optical Astronomy Observatories,operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy,Inc., under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation;Complejo Astronomico El Leoncito, operated under agreement between theConsejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas de laRepública Argentina and the National Universities of La Plata,Córdoba, and San Juan; the European Southern Observatory, LaSilla, Chile, partially under the bilateral ESO-ObservatórioNacional agreement; Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory;Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica, Brazil; and the SouthAfrican Astronomical Observatory.

Close galaxy pairs in low and medium density regions: The southern sky.
We extend to the southern hemisphere a continuing program of optical andHI observations of galaxy pairs (Chengalur \etal 1993, 1994, 1995 andNordgren \etal 1997). These pairs are drawn from published redshiftcatalogs and represent a complete sample. We present new data of 15pairs observed with the Palomar 5-meter telescope, Mount Stromlo SidingSpring 40-inch telescope, Australia Telescope Compact Array and VLA Dsynthesis array. These galaxy pairs are all defined as close pairs(projected separations < 100 kpc). HI companions are found near fiveof 15 pairs.

Candidates for a southern extension of the Karachentsev catalogue of isolated pairs of galaxies.
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A two-dimensional sheet of galaxies between two southern voids
The question of examining real data for possible interconnectionsbetween voids has prompted the discovery of a striking two-dimensionalsheet of galaxies (including NGC and ESO galaxies) forming the interfaceto voids in Eridanus and Sculptor. A void is defined in terms of itsemptiness, and it is noted that structures revealed using all availableredshifts, south of declination -17.5 deg, agree with those found incontrolled surveys, that is voids are void of all galaxies, regardlessof luminosity, size, or type. Using casement displays, a significantoverdensity, or wall, of galaxies, some 650 km/s thick, approximately2000 x 2000 km/s wide is found forming the interface to Sculptor andEridanus.

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