Volume 627, July 2019
|Number of page(s)||5|
|Published online||25 June 2019|
Star clusters in the dwarf irregular galaxy Leo A
Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Saulėtekio av. 3, 10257 Vilnius, Lithuania
2 Vilnius University Observatory, Čiurlionio 29, 03100 Vilnius, Lithuania
Accepted: 20 May 2019
Context. Leo A is an isolated gas-rich dwarf irregular galaxy of low stellar mass and metallicity residing at the outskirts of the Local Group. Ages of the stellar populations in Leo A range from ∼10 Myr to ∼10 Gyr. So far, only one star cluster has been discovered in this galaxy.
Aims. Our aim is to search for star cluster candidates in the Leo A galaxy.
Methods. We performed photometry of star-like objects on HST ACS archive observation frames in the F475W and F814W passbands and studied the spatial clustering of the Leo A stars down to the turn-off point of the old stellar populations.
Results. We report the discovery of four star clusters in the Leo A galaxy. This means that now a sample of five star clusters is known in Leo A. Two clusters are of a young age (∼20 Myr; overlapping with H II regions) and low in mass (≳400 M⊙ and ≳150 M⊙), the other three clusters are older (≳100 Myr) and also of low mass (≳300 M⊙). These rough estimates are made assuming the isochrones of a metallicity derived for H II regions (Z = 0.0007). Colour–magnitude diagrams of the stars residing in the circular areas of a 2.5″ radius around the clusters and integrated aperture photometry results of the clusters are presented.
Key words: galaxies: dwarf / galaxies: star clusters: general / galaxies: individual: Leo A (DDO 69)
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