Revealing New Open Clusters with the GLIMPSE-360 Survey

Type Conference Paper
Names Karen Hamm, R. L. Beaton, G. Zasowski, S. R. Majewski, B. A. Whitney
Proceedings Title Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Conference Name American Astronomical Society, AAS Meeting #219, #151.21
Volume 219
Date January 1, 2012
Library Catalog NASA ADS
Abstract We identify and investigate new and poorly studied open clusters in the recently obtained GLIMPSE-360 data. After identifying the clusters and candidates visually in the GLIMPSE survey images, we dereddened the 2MASS color-magnitude diagrams (CMDs) using the RJCE method and performed isochrone fitting. We identified 22 candidates with convincing cluster CMDs and no existing identification in the literature, and we obtained follow-up photometry for a few selected candidates. The purpose of this project is to determine the basic parameters (age, reddening, metallicity and distance) of these open clusters where possible, thus contributing to the ongoing census of open clusters in the Milky Way.
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