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IGCs in the Virgo Cluster

  • Marianne Takamiya
  • Michael West
  • Patrick Côté
  • Andrés Jordán
  • Eric Peng
  • Laura Ferrarese
  • ACS VCS Team
Part of the Eso Astrophysics Symposia book series (ESO)

Abstract

Preliminary results of the ACS Virgo Cluster Survey WFPC2 parallel observations are presented. We searched for intergalactic globular clusters in 100 WFPC2 fields within the Virgo Cluster. We find globular clusters preferentially near the most luminous cluster galaxies (M87, M49, and M60). For M87, the number density of globular clusters out to 70 kpc is consistent with that determined by ground based studies of the globular cluster systems. The intergalactic nature of the population of globular clusters we are detecting is still a matter of controversy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marianne Takamiya
    • 1
  • Michael West
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patrick Côté
    • 3
  • Andrés Jordán
    • 4
  • Eric Peng
    • 3
  • Laura Ferrarese
    • 3
  • ACS VCS Team
  1. 1.University of Hawaii Hilo 640 N. A’ohoku PlaceHilo
  2. 2.Gemini ObservatoryLa SerenaChile
  3. 3.HIAVictoriaCanada
  4. 4.ESOGarchingGermany

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