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VII/267             Gravitational Wave Galaxy Catalogue           (White+ 2011)

A List of Galaxies for Gravitational Wave Searches White D.J., Daw E.J., Dhillon V.S. <Class. Quantum Grav. 28, 085016 (2011); arXiv:1103.0695>
ADC_Keywords: Galaxy catalogs Abstract: We present a list of galaxies within 100Mpc, which we call the Gravitational Wave Galaxy Catalogue (GWGC), that is currently being used in follow-up searches of electromagnetic counterparts from gravitational wave searches. Due to the time constraints of rapid follow-up, a locally available catalogue of reduced, homogenized data is required. To achieve this we used four existing catalogues: an updated version of the Tully Nearby Galaxy Catalog (cat. VII/145), 145 the Catalog of Neighboring Galaxies (Karachentsev et al. 2004, Cat. J/AJ/127/2031), the V8k catalogue (Tully et al. 2009AJ....138..323T, and HyperLEDA ( The GWGC contains information on sky position, distance, blue magnitude, major and minor diameters, position angle, and galaxy type for 53,255 galaxies. Errors on these quantities are either taken directly from the literature or estimated based on our understanding of the uncertainties associated with the measurement method. By using the PGC numbering system developed for HyperLEDA, the catalogue has a reduced level of degeneracies compared to catalogues with a similar purpose and is easily updated. We also include 150 Milky Way globular clusters. Finally, we compare the GWGC to previously used catalogues, and find the GWGC to be more complete within 100 Mpc due to our use of more up-to-date input catalogues and the fact that we have not made a blue luminosity cut. Description: File Summary:
FileName Lrecl Records Explanations
ReadMe 80 . This file gwgc.dat 148 53312 The Gravitational Wave Galaxy Catalogue
See also: VII/145 : Nearby Galaxies Catalogue (NBG) (Tully 1988) J/AJ/127/2031 : Catalog of neighboring galaxies (Karachentsev+, 2004) : The HYPERLEDA home page : The Extragalactic Distance Database (EDD) Byte-by-byte Description of file: gwgc.dat
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
1- 7 I7 --- PGC [2,4715229]? Identifier from HYPERLEDA (empty for globular clusters) 9- 36 A28 --- Name Common name of galaxy or globular 38- 46 F9.5 h RAhour Right ascension (J2000, decimal hours) 48- 55 F8.4 deg DEdeg Declination (J2000) 57- 60 F4.1 --- TT [-9,10]? Morphological type code (1) 62- 66 F5.2 mag Bmag ? Apparent blue magnitude 68- 74 F7.3 arcmin a ? Major diameter (arcmins) 76- 82 F7.3 arcmin e_a ? Error in major diameter (arcmins) 84- 90 F7.3 arcmin b ? Minor diameter (arcmins) 92- 98 F7.3 arcmin e_b ? Error in minor diameter (arcmins) 100-104 F5.3 --- b/a [0,1]? Ratio of minor to major diameters 106-110 F5.3 --- e_b/a ? Error on ratio of minor to major diameters 112-116 F5.1 deg PA [0,180]? Position angle of galaxy (degrees from north through east) 118-123 F6.2 mag BMAG ? Absolute blue magnitude 125-131 F7.2 Mpc Dist ? Distance (Mpc) 133-138 F6.2 Mpc e_Dist ? error on Distance (Mpc) 140-143 F4.2 mag e_Bmag ? error on Apparent blue magnitude 145-148 F4.2 mag e_BMAG ? error on Absolute blue magnitude
Note (1): Numerical morphology type (-6 to +10 for ellipticals to irregular); -9 is assigned for the Milky Way globular clusters.
Acknowledgements: Roy Williams (Caltech, USA), Darren White (U. Sheffield, UK)
(End) Francois Ochsenbein [CDS] 11-Jan-2012
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