Abstract

The dwarf galaxy NGC 247, located in the Sculptor Filament, displays an apparent void on the north side of its spiral disc. The existence of the void in the disc of this dwarf galaxy has been known for some time, but the exact nature and cause of this strange feature has remained unclear. We investigate the properties of the void in the disc of NGC 247 using photometry of archival Hubble Space Telescope data to analyse the stars in and around this region. Based on a grid of isochrones from log(t) = 6.8 to 10.0, we assign ages using nearest-neighbour interpolation. Examination of the spatial variation of these ages across the galaxy reveals an age difference between stars located inside the void region and stars located outside this region. We speculate that the void in NGC 247 's stellar disc may be due to a recent interaction with a nearly dark subhalo that collided with the disc and could account for the long-lived nature of the void.

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