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Author Richtler, T. ♦ Sagar, R.
Source Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES)
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Open star cluster ♦ Berkeley 32 – star ♦ Evolution – HR diagram ♦ Mass Function ♦ Galactic disk
Abstract We present a new CCD photometry of the distant old open star cluster Berkeley 32 in Johnson V and Cousins I passbands. A total of ~3200 stars have been observed in a field of about 13'х13'. The colour-magnitude diagram (CMD) in V, (V-I) has been generated down to V=22 mag. A broad but well defined main sequence is clearly visible. Some blue stragglers, a well developed subgiant branch and a Red Clump are also seen. By fitting isochrones to this CMDs available in the literature, and using the Red Clump location, the reddening, distance and age of the star cluster have been determined. The cluster has a distance of ~3.3 kpc, its radius is about 2.4 pc; the reddening E(B-V) is 0.08 mag and the age is ~6.3 Gyr. By comparison with theoretical isochrones, a metallicity of [Fe/H] ≈ -0.2 dex has been estimated.
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Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article