A globular cluster in the dwarf galaxy Sextans B
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- Sharina, M.E., Puzia, T.H. & Krylatyh, A.S. Astrophys. Bull. (2007) 62: 209. doi:10.1134/S1990341307030029
We present spectroscopic observations of a massive globular cluster in the dwarf irregular galaxy Sextans B, discovered by us on the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (HST WFPC2) images. Long-slit spectra were obtained with the SCORPIO spectrograph on the 6-m telescope at the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences. We determine the age, metallicity and alpha-element abundance ratio for the globular cluster to be 2 ± 1 Gyr, −1.35 ±0.25 dex, and 0.1 ± 0.1 dex, respectively. Main photometric and structural parameters of it were determined using our surface photometry on the HST images. The mass (∼105M⊙), luminosity and structural parameters appear to be typical of the globular clusters in our own Galaxy. Our findings shed new light on the evolutionary history of Sextans B.