We have measured the Hubble constant H0 in NGC 564 at cz ~ 5800 km s-1 and in NGC 7619 at cz ~ 3700 km s-1 with deep I-band Surface Brightness Fluctuation distance measurements at the ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT). We obtain H0 = 70 +/- 7 +/- 6 km s-1/Mpc for NGC 564 and H0 = 68 +/- 6 +/- 6 for NGC 7619. The actual SBF sample used for the measurement of H0 in the Hubble Space Telescope Key Project on the Extragalactic Distance Scale (Freedman et al. 2001) amounts to six galaxies. When we combine the measurements from this work with our previous VLT I-band SBF distance measurement in IC 4296 (Mei et al. 2000), we obtain: H0 = 68 +/- 5 +/- 6 km s-1/Mpc. When we add the Freedman et al. (2001) SBF sample, we obtain H0 = 71 +/- 4 +/- 6 km s-1/Mpc.Based on observations performed at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile ESO program No 66.A-0361.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- February 2003
- galaxies: distances and redshifts;
- cosmology: cosmological parameters;
- 9 pages, 4 figures. Accepted for publication in A&