IGCs in the Virgo cluster

Marianne Takamiya, Michael West, Patrick Côté, Andrés Jordán, Eric Peng, Laura Ferrarese

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobular Clusters - Guides to Galaxies
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Joint ESO-FONDAP Workshop on Globular Clusters
EditorsTom Richtler, Soren Larsen
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameESO Astrophysics Symposia
ISSN (Print)1431-2433
ISSN (Electronic)1611-6143


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