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Star formation in the Small Magellanic Cloud: the youngest star clusters

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 August 2006

E. Sabbi
Affiliation:
STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA email: sabbi@stsci.edu
A. Nota
Affiliation:
STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA email: sabbi@stsci.edu ESA: Research & Scientific Support Department
M. Sirianni
Affiliation:
STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA email: sabbi@stsci.edu ESA: Research & Scientific Support Department
L. R. Carlson
Affiliation:
STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA email: sabbi@stsci.edu
M. Tosi
Affiliation:
INAF–Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, I
J. Gallagher
Affiliation:
Dept. of Astronomy, University of Wisconsin, USA
M. Meixner
Affiliation:
STScI, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21218, USA email: sabbi@stsci.edu
M. S. Oey
Affiliation:
University of Michigan, USA
A. Pasquali
Affiliation:
MPIA, Heidelberg, Germany
L. J. Smith
Affiliation:
University College London, UK
M. Vlajic
Affiliation:
University of Oxford, UK
L. Hawks
Affiliation:
Rice University, USA
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We recently launched a comprehensive ground based (ESO/VLT/NTT) and space (HST & SST) study of the present and past star formation in the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), in clusters and in the field, with the goal of understanding how star and cluster formation occur and propagate in an environment of low metallicity, with a gas and dust content that is significantly lower than in the Milky Way. In this paper, we present some preliminary results of the “young cluster” program, where we acquired deep F555W (~V), and F814W (~I) HST/ACS images of the four young and massive SMC star clusters: NGC 346, NGC 602, NGC 299, and NGC 376.

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Copyright © International Astronomical Union 2007

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