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Ancient Stars Beyond the Local Group: RR Lyrae Variables and Blue Horizontal Branch Stars in Sculptor Group Dwarf Galaxies

Da Costa, Gary; Rejkuba, Marina; Jerjen, Helmut; Grebel, E.


We have used Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys images to generate color-magnitude diagrams that reach below the magnitude of the horizontal branch in the Sculptor Group dwarf galaxies ESO294-010 and ESO410-005. In both diagrams, blue horizontal branch stars are unambiguously present, a signature of the existence of an ancient stellar population whose age is comparable to that of the Galactic halo globular clusters. The result is reinforced by the discovery of numerous RR Lyrae...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Astrophysical Journal, The
DOI: 10.1088/2041-8205/708/2/L121


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