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Globular Clusters in the Sagittarius stream Revising members and candidates with Gaia DR2

Abstract : We reconsider the case for the association of Galactic globular clusters (GCs) to the tidal stream of the Sagittarius dwarf spheroidal galaxy (Sgr dSph), using Gaia DR2 data. We use RR Lyrae to trace the stream in 6D and we select clusters matching the observed stream in position and velocity. In addition to the clusters residing in the main body of the galaxy (M 54, Ter 8, Ter 7, Arp 2) we confirm the membership of Pal 12 and Whiting 1 to the portion of the trailing arm populated by stars lost during recent perigalactic passages. NGC 2419, NGC 5634 and NGC 4147 are very interesting candidates, possibly associated to more ancient wraps of the stream. We note that all these clusters, with the exception of M 54, that lies within the stellar nucleus of the galaxy, are found in the trailing arm of the stream. The selected clusters are fully consistent with the [Fe/H] vs. [Mg/Fe], [Ca/Fe] patterns and the age-metallicity relation displayed by field stars in the main body of Sgr dSph.
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M. Bellazzini, R. Ibata, K. Malhan, N. Martin, Benoit Famaey, et al.. Globular Clusters in the Sagittarius stream Revising members and candidates with Gaia DR2. Astronomy and Astrophysics - A&A, EDP Sciences, 2020, 636, pp.A107. ⟨10.1051/0004-6361/202037621⟩. ⟨hal-02984980⟩



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