AAVSO: American Association of Variable Star Observers

Variable Stars in Palomar 13: an Evaporating Globular Cluster (Abstract)

Volume 48 number 1 (2020)

Mario Alberto Yepez Rivera
Aile 420, Pedregal de santo domingo, coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico 4369, Mexico; myepez@astro.unam.mx
Armando Arellano Ferro
address correspondence to Mario Alberto Yepez Rivera, Aile 420, Pedregal de santo domingo, coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico
Klaus-Peter Schröder
address correspondence to Mario Alberto Yepez Rivera, Aile 420, Pedregal de santo domingo, coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico
S. Muneer
address correspondence to Mario Alberto Yepez Rivera, Aile 420, Pedregal de santo domingo, coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico
Sunetra Giridhar
address correspondence to Mario Alberto Yepez Rivera, Aile 420, Pedregal de santo domingo, coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico
Christine Allen
address correspondence to Mario Alberto Yepez Rivera, Aile 420, Pedregal de santo domingo, coyoacan, Ciudad de Mexico

Abstract

(Abstract only) We present new CCD V I photometry of the distant globular cluster Pal 13. Fourier decomposition of the light curves of the three cluster member RRab stars lead to estimations of [Fe/H] = –1.65, and a distance of 23.67 ± 0.57 kpc. Light and color near minimum phases for RRab stars lead to an estimate of E(B−V) = 0.104 ± 0.001. A V / (V−I) color-magnitude diagram, built exclusively with likely star members, shows consistency with the above parameters and an age of 12 Gyrs. A search of variable stars in the field of view of our images revealed the variability of a red giant cluster member and of three probably non-member stars: two RRab stars and one W Virginis star or CW. The GAIA proper motions of member stars in Pal 13 show a significant scatter, consistent with the scenario of the cluster being tidally stripped.