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NGC 1569: Identification from Ca II infrared line spectra of the objects A, B, as superluminous star clusters

F. Prada, A. Greve, and A.D. McKeith
Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Queens University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland
IRAM, 300 rue de la Piscine, Domaine Universitaire, F-38406 St. Martin d'Hères, France
Abstract: We present blue and near-infrared spectroscopic data which provide evidence that the stellar-like objects (called A and B) in the nucleus of NGC 1569 are star clusters. The Ca II infrared triplet absorption lines and the slope of the spectral continuum reveal that the star cluster B is in the red supergiant phase of the cluster evolution at an age of 12 Myr, while the star cluster A is in the blue star phase at an age of 13-20 Myr. Evidence for a stellar condensation is also found within the large H II region close to A as indicated by the Ca II triplet present in its near-infrared spectrum. We give reddening-corrected emission line ratios for this H II region.

Robert Lucas
Thu Mar 9 14:36:33 MET 1995