Search for new star clusters

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Goal 7: To search for new star clusters

Of different ages and identify their variable star members, such as: Cepheids, Semiregulars, W UMas, and δSct. The asymmetric distribution of the known globulars in the Galactic Center region hints at the presence of about 10 undiscovered objects [1]. Our team members have already carried out successful campaigns searching for new clusters in the 2MASS Point Source Catalog [2]. Note that 2MASS with a Klim = 14.5 in the bulge discovered hundreds of open cluster candidates, plus two new globular clusters. Because we will reach 3-4 magnitudes deeper, we expect many new clusters.

References

  1. (Ivanov et al. 2005, A&A, 442, 195)
  2. (Ivanov et al. 2002, A&A, 394, 1; Borissova et al. 2003, A&A, 411, 83; Bica et al. 2003, A&A, 408, 127)
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