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A new population of extended, luminous star clusters in the halo of M31

By A. P. Huxor, Nial R. Tanvir, M. J. Irwin, R. Ibata, J. L. Collett, A. M. N. Ferguson, T. Bridges and G. F. Lewis

Abstract

We present three new clusters discovered in the halo of M31 which, although having globular-like colours and luminosities, have unusually large half-light radii, ~30 pc. They lie at projected galactocentric distances of ≈15 to ≈35 kpc. These objects begin to fill the gap in parameter space between globular clusters and dwarf spheroidals, and are unlike any clusters found in the Milky Way, or elsewhere to date. Colour-magnitude diagrams, integrated photometric properties and derived King profile fit parameters are given, and we discuss possible origins of these clusters and their relationships to other populations

Topics: galaxies: individual: M31, galaxies: star clusters
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP), Royal Astronomical Society
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1365-2966.2005.09086.x
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/805
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