HST-ACS photometry of the isolated dwarf galaxy VV124=UGC 4879
M. Bellazzini1, S. Perina1, S. Galleti1 and T. Oosterloo2
INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna, via Ranzani 1,
2 Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), Postbus 2, 7990 AA Dwingeloo, The Netherlands Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, Postbus 800, 9700 AV Groningen, The Netherlands
Received: 17 May 2011
Accepted: 9 July 2011
We present deep V and I photometry of the isolated dwarf galaxy VV124=UGC 4879, obtained from archival images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope – Advanced Camera for Surveys. In the color-magnitude diagrams of stars at distances greater than 40″ from the center of the galaxy, we clearly identify a well-populated, old horizontal branch (HB) for the first time. We show that the distribution of these stars is more extended than that of red clump stars. This implies that very old and metal-poor populations dominate in the outskirts of VV124. We also identify a massive (M = 1.2 ± 0.2 × 104 M⊙) young (age = 250 ± 50 Myr) star cluster (C1), as well as another of younger age (C2, ≲30 ± 10 Myr) with a mass similar to classical open clusters (M ≤ 3.3 ± 0.5 × 103 M⊙). Both clusters lie at projected distances less than 100 pc from the center of the galaxy.
Key words: galaxies: dwarf / Local Group / galaxies: structure / galaxies: stellar content / galaxies: individual: UGC 4879 / galaxies: ISM
Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555. These observations are associated with program GO-11584 [P.I.: K. Chiboucas].
Photometry catalogue is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (126.96.36.199) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/533/A37
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