Volume 460, Number 2, December III 2006
|Page(s)||L27 - L30|
|Published online||24 October 2006|
Letter to the Editor
The absolute motion of the peculiar cluster NGC 6791
European Southern Observatory, Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2, 85748 Garching, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
2 Dip. di Astronomia, Univ. degli studi di Padova, vic. Osservatorio 2, 35122 Padova, Italy e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Andes Fellow, Departamento de Astronómia, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-d, Santiago, Chile e-mail: email@example.com
4 Dept. of Astronomy, Univ. of Washington, Box 351580, Seattle, WA 98195-1580, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Mail Stop 108, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005, USA e-mail: email@example.com
Accepted: 17 October 2006
We present improved values of the three components of the absolute space velocity of the open cluster NGC 6791. One HST ACS/WFC field with two-epoch observations provides astrometric measurements of objects in a field containing the cluster center. Identification of 60 background galaxies with sharp nuclei allows us to determine an absolute reference point, and measure the absolute proper motion of the cluster. We find (, )J2000.0 = (, ) mas yr-1, and adopt km s-1 from the average of the published values. Assuming a Galactic potential, we calculate the Galactic orbit of the cluster for various assumed distances, and briefly discuss the implications on the nature and the origin of this peculiar cluster.
Key words: astrometry / open clusters and associations: individual: NGC 6791 / Galaxy: kinematics and dynamics
© ESO, 2006
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