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Volume 408, Number 2, September III 2003
Page(s) 523 - 528
Section Stellar clusters and associations
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20031000

A&A 408, 523-528 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20031000

Super star clusters in the Blue Dwarf Galaxy UM 462

L. Vanzi

ESO - European Southern Observatory, Alonso de Cordova, 3107 Santiago, Chile
(Received 17 April 2003 / Accepted 19 June 2003)

I present optical observations of the Blue Compact Dwarf Galaxy UM 462. The images of this galaxy show several bright compact sources. A careful study of these sources has revealed their nature of young Super Star Clusters. The ages determined from the analysis of the stellar continuum and  $\rm H\alpha$ are between few and few tens Myr. The total star formation taking place into the clusters is about 0.05  ${ M_{\odot}\rm /yr}$. The clusters seem to be located at the edges of two large round-like structures, possibly shells originated in a previous episode of star formation. The sizes of the shells compare well with the ages of the clusters. Evidence for the presence of an evolved underlying stellar population is found.

Key words: galaxies: individual: UM 462 -- galaxies: dwarf -- galaxies: star clusters

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