In order to investigate the properties of the prominent tidal debris feature extending to the northeast of a compact group of galaxies, Seyfert's Sextet, we analyzed multi-band (U, B, V, VR, R, I, J, H, and K′) photometric imaging data and obtained the following results: 1) The radial surface brightness distribution of this tidal debris in Seyfert's Sextet (TDSS) in each band appears to be well approximated by an exponential profile. 2) The observed B - V color of TDSS is similar to those of dwarf elliptical galaxies in nearby clusters. 3) Comparing the spectral energy distribution (SED) of TDSS with theoretical photometric evolution models and with the SED of the stars in the outer part of HCG 79b, we find that its SED is comparable to that of a ∼ 10 Gyr-old stellar population with solar metallicity, similar to the stellar population in the outer part of HCG 79b. This suggests that TDSS consists of stars that may have been liberated from HCG 79b by strong galaxy interactions, not a pre-existing dwarf galaxy as previously thought.
- Galaxies: formation
- Galaxies: individual (Seyfert's Sextet)
- Galaxies: interactions
- Galaxies: structure