AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 176 Radio - Loud AGN
Poster, Thursday, 9:20am-4:00pm, January 12, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[176.01] HST/NICMOS Snapshots of 3CR Radio Galaxies at low redshift

J.P. Madrid, W.B. Sparks, M. Chiaberge, D. Floyd (STScI), D. Macchetto (STScI/ESA), G. Miley (Leiden Observatory, Netherlands), D. Axon (Rochester Institute of Technology), A. Capetti (Osservatorio di Torino, Italy), C.P. O'Dea (Rochester Institute of Technology), S. Baum (University of Rochester), E. Perlman (UMBC), A. Quillen (University of Rochester)

We present the results of a new Hubble Space Telescope (HST) snapshot program aimed to obtain observations with the Near-Infrared Camera and Multiobject Spectrograph (NICMOS) of 3CR radio sources. We are using NICMOS to obtain high spatial resolution, deep images in the near infrared H-band of 3CR sources at low redshift, z less than 0.3. We have images for 69 radio galaxies observed for the first time with NICMOS during HST cycle 13. All the objects presented here are elliptical galaxies, however, each of them has distinctive characteristics such as close companions, dust lanes, unresolved nuclei, arc-like features, globular clusters, jets, and hot spots. This NICMOS snapshot program is a major enhancement to the already existing dataset of HST observations of the 3CR sources. This database provides an excellent foundation for future statistical studies.

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