AGES - the Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey

The Arecibo Galaxy Environment Survey (normally known as AGES) is using the Arecibo Telescope to search for galaxies in a number of quite different areas of the local universe. These vary form the Virgo Cluster, where there are huge numbers of galaxies very close together, to the Local Void, a region where the few galaxies to be found are very spread out. How many galaxies are in a region, and how close together they are, affects the way galaxies develop; but we are also finding other differences between the different areas that are left over from the time galaxies were first forming. By investigating these differences we are finding out more about how galaxies formed and how they are still developing today.

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Current Status:

*NGC 628 group (precursor) - published (Auld et al., 2006, MNRAS, 371, 1617)
*NGC 1156 (isolated galaxy) - published (Minchin et al, 2010, AJ, 140, 1093)
*NGC 7332/9 galaxy pair - published (Minchin et al, 2010, AJ, 140, 1093)
*Virgo Cluster 1 - published (Taylor et al., 2012)
*Virgo Cluster 2 - completed, paper submitted (contact: Rhys Taylor)
*NGC 7448 group - completed (contact: Rhys Taylor or Robert Minchin), initial results published (Davies et al. 2011)
*NGC 3193 group - completed (contact: Rhys Taylor or Robert Minchin)
*UGC 2082 (isolated galaxy) - completed (contact: Robert Minchin)
*Abell 1367 cluster - in progress; initial results published (Cortese et al. 2008, MNRAS, 383, 1519)
*Leo I group - in progress
*M33 and the Pisces-Perseus cluster - in progress
*NGC 5523 (isolated galaxy) - in progress
*NGC 7619 group - not started
*NGC 2577/UGC 4375 galaxy pair - not started
*NGC 4302/4298 galaxy pair - not started
*NGC 877/876 galaxy pair - not started
*Local Void - not started

AGES Observing:

*A2048 project page - includes observing guides and logs.
*AGES team page - password protected
*Past AGES observing schedules
*Upcoming AGES observing schedules

AGES Precursor Observations:

*Auld et al., 2006, MNRAS, 371, 1617
*Drift-scan (NGC 628) precursor observations page
*Leap-frog precursor observations page

Documentation & Software:

*AGES proposal: gzipped postscript or PDF
*AGES precursor proposal: gzipped postscript or PDF
*AGES Team Members
*FRELLED The FITS Realtime Explorer of Low Latency in Every Direction

Useful links:

*Arecibo Astronomy pages
*E-ALFA pages
*Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA (ALFALFA) survey project page
*Arecibo Ultra Deep Survey (AUDS) project page
*Arecibo Zone of Avoidance (ZOA) project page
*Arecibo Observatory Telescope Schedule Database
*Old AGES front page