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2015ApJ...803...63K - Astrophys. J., 803, 63 (2015/April-3)

Discovery of a faint outer halo Milky Way star cluster in the southern sky.


Abstract (from CDS):

We report the discovery of a new, low-luminosity star cluster in the outer halo of the Milky Way. High-quality gr photometry is presented, from which a color-magnitude diagram is constructed, and estimates of age, [Fe/H], [α/Fe], and distance are derived. The star cluster, which we designate as Kim 2, lies at a heliocentric distance of ∼105 kpc. With a half-light radius of ∼12.8 pc and ellipticity of ∈ ∼ 0.12, it shares the properties of outer halo globular clusters, except for at higher metallicity ([Fe/H] ∼ -1.0) and lower luminosity (Mv ∼ -1.5). These parameters are similar to those for the globular cluster AM 4, which is considered to be associated with the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy. We find evidence of dynamical mass segregation and the presence of extra-tidal stars that suggests that Kim 2 is most likely a star cluster. Spectroscopic observations for radial-velocity membership and chemical abundance measurements are needed to further understand the nature of the object.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: formation - Galaxy: halo - galaxies: dwarf - globular clusters: general - Local Group

VizieR on-line data: <Available at CDS (J/ApJ/803/63): table3.dat table4.dat>

Nomenclature: NAME Kim 2 N=1.

Status at CDS : All or part of tables of objects will not be ingested in SIMBAD.

Simbad objects: 24

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