COLOR GRADIENT IN THE KING TYPE GLOBULAR CLUSTER NGC 7089

  • Sohn, Young-Jong (Center for Space Astrophysics, Yonsei University) ;
  • Chun, Mun-Suk (Department of Astronomy, Yonsei University) ;
  • Lee, Jae-Woo (Department of physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina) ;
  • Oh, Jung-Min (Department of Astronomy, Yonsei University)
  • Published : 1999.12.01

Abstract

We use BV CCD images to investigate the reality of the color gradient within a King type globular cluster NGC 7089. Surface photometry shows that there is a strong radial color gradient in the central region of the cluster in the sense of bluer center with the amplitude of ~0.39 $\pm$ 0.07 mag/$arcsec^2$ in (B - V). In the outer region of the cluster, however, the radial color gradient shows a reverse case, i.e., redder toward the center. (B - V) color profile which was derived from resolved stars in VGC 7089 field also shows a significant color gradient in the central region of the clusters, indicating that lights from the combination of red giant stars and blue horizontal branch stars cause the radial color gradient. Color gradient of the outer region of NGC 7089 may be due to the unresolved background of the cluster. Similar color gradients in the central area of clusters have been previously observed exserved exclusively in highly concentrated systems classified as post core collapse clusters. We caution, however, to confirm the reality of the color gradient from resolved stars, we need more accurate imaging data of the cluster with exceptional seeing condition because the effect of completeness correlates with local density of stars.

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