AAS 205th Meeting, 9-13 January 2005
Session 113 Research with the Virtual Observatory
Poster, Wednesday, January 12, 2005, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[113.02] Environments of Starburst Galaxies Diagnosed with the NVO

M. A. Nieto-Santisteban (Johns Hopkins University), M. Sosey (Space Telescope Science Institute), D. de Mello (GSFC/CUA)

We present an analysis of the environment of starburst galaxies using the National Virtual Observatory. We have matched the sample of starburst galaxies by Wu et al. (2002) with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and searched for companions in their neighborhood. We also have compared the starburst sample with the sample of isolated galaxies by Karachentseva (1986) and with the SDSS merging galaxies by Allam et al. (2004). Using color selection criteria from the known sample of starburst galaxies, we have built a database of starburst candidates from the SDSS catalogue. This allowed us to do a more statistical comparison of starburst galaxies, their neighborhoods and possible environmental effects on their evolution. We see the NVO environment as an extrememly useful tool for astronomical research. As such, this poster also details the effective ways in which we were able to access both the SDSS catalogue as well as other internet resources, encorporating the entire project into a very useful internet website.

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