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HST Observations of 3 More Old LMC Clusters

  • Jennifer A. Johnson (a1), Michael Bolte (a2), Peter B. Stetson (a3) and James E. Hesser (a3)

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We present color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) based on HST F555W (“V”) and F814W (“I”) observations of three old LMC clusters: NGC 2210, NGC 1786, and Reticulum. The fiducial derived from the CMD of NGC 2257, another LMC cluster, provided a good fit to the data for the new clusters. Because NGC 2257 has a similar metallicity ([Fe/H]∼ −1.8) to NGC 2210, NGC 1786, and Reticulum, the agreement between the CMDs of all four clusters indicates that they have the same age. This preliminary analysis suggests that any age differences are smaller than 2 Gyr. These new results mean that there are now 11 old LMC clusters with similar ages. An initial epoch of star cluster formation therefore happened in a short period over a large volume of space, a volume much larger than is now covered by the present-day optical LMC.

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HST Observations of 3 More Old LMC Clusters

  • Jennifer A. Johnson (a1), Michael Bolte (a2), Peter B. Stetson (a3) and James E. Hesser (a3)

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