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A near-infrared VISTA of the Small Magellanic Cloud

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 October 2019

Maria-Rosa L. Cioni
Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam, Germany, email:
Florian Niederhofer
Leibniz Institut für Astrophysik Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam, Germany, email:
Stefano Rubele
INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova, vicolo dell’Osservatorio 5, I-35122, Padova, Italy, email: Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, Università di Padova, vicolo dell’Osservatorio 2, I-35122, Padova, Italy
Ning-Chen Sun
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Sheffield, Hicks Building, Houinsfield Road, Sheffield S3 7RH, United Kingdom, email: Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics and Department of Astronomy, Peking University, Yi He Yuan Lu 5, Hai Dian District, Beijing 100871, People’s Republic of China
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VISTA observed the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), as part of the VISTA survey of the Magellanic Clouds system (VMC), for six years (2010–2016). The acquired multi-epoch YJKs images have allowed us to probe the stellar populations to an exceptional level of detail across an unprecedented wide area in the near-infrared. This contribution highlights the most recent VMC results obtained on the SMC focusing, in particular, on the clustering of young stellar populations, on the proper motion of stars in the main body of the galaxy and on the spatial distribution of the star formation history.

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