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Volume 442, Number 2, November I 2005
Page(s) 437 - 442
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20042359

A&A 442, 437-442 (2005)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20042359

HST photometry of the binary globular cluster Sersic 13N-S in NGC 5128

D. Villegas1, D. Minniti1 and J. G. Funes2

1  Department of Astronomy, P. Universidad Católica, Av. Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Casilla 306, Santiago 22, Chile
    e-mail: dvillega@astro.puc.cl
2  Vatican Observatory Research Group, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ 85721, USA

(Received 12 November 2004 / Accepted 19 May 2005 )

Using Hubble Space Telescope archival images we resolved individual stars in two young globular clusters centered in the giant HII region Sersic 13, on the dust band of NGC 5128. We resolved 5 sources in the southern cluster and 4 sources in the northern one. The high U luminosity of these stars ( $-9.3 < M_{\it {\it F336W}} <-7.8$) added to the previously detected WR features in the integrated spectra of the clusters suggest we are identifying the most massive stars of the clusters, with O or WR spectral types, whose masses can even reach 120 $M_{\odot}$. We have estimated their ages in $t \leq 6 \times 10^{6} $ yr for comparison with two different set of isochrones, which is consistent with an scenario where the clusters form a binary pair that would merge in a short timescale.

Key words: galaxies: individual: NGC 5128 -- galaxies: star clusters

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