- [*] A Census of Nuclear Star Clusters - First Results from HST
- Boeker T., Laine S., van der Marel R.P., Ho L.C.,
Rix H.-W., Shields J.C.
- BAAS, 32, 4, 1524, 2000 (AAS Meeting 197, 76.04)
- © 2000. The American Astronomical Society.
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We present first results from an HST WFPC2 snapshot survey to
investigate the nature of nuclear star clusters in late-type spiral
galaxies. We describe the scientific motivation of the program,
summarize the data analysis plans, and give first results of some of
the objects observed so far. In particular, our images reveal the
cluster sizes, luminosities, and locations relative to the photocenter
of the galaxy. These will yield new insight into the formation
mechanism of these intriguing objects and their possible impact on the
evolution of their host galaxies.
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