NGC 6496

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NGC 6496
NGC 6496.jpg
Processed Hubble image of the globular cluster
Observation data
Right ascension17h 59m 03.68s[2]
Declination−44° 15′ 57.4″[2]
Distance36.9 kly (11.3 kpc)[3]
Apparent dimensions (V)5.6'
Physical characteristics
Mass8.2×104[4] M
Metallicity = –0.70[5] dex
Estimated age12.42 Gyr[5]
See also: Globular cluster, List of globular clusters

NGC 6496 is a globular cluster which is in the direction of the bulge and putative members of this subgroup,[clarification needed] based on observations collected with the WFPC2 on board the Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 6496 was originally believed[who?] to be a member of the disc system of GC, but scientists questioned this classification. It was instead suggested[who?] that NGC 6496, together with two other clusters, NGC 6624 and NGC 6637, could be halo clusters with strongly inclined orbits. NGC 6496 lies in the Southern sky at RA=17:59:03.68 and Dec=-44:15:57.4.[6]

The first CMD presented of NGC 6496 had photometry reaching 2 mag below the horizontal branch, disclosing for the first time the usual red arm of the metal-rich clusters. The extinction towards NGC 6496 is uncertain, with estimates ranging between E(B-V) = 0.09 and E(B-V) = 0.24.[7]



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  2. ^ a b Goldsbury, Ryan; et al. (December 2010), "The ACS Survey of Galactic Globular Clusters. X. New Determinations of Centers for 65 Clusters", The Astronomical Journal, 140 (6): 1830–1837, arXiv:1008.2755, Bibcode:2010AJ....140.1830G, doi:10.1088/0004-6256/140/6/1830.
  3. ^ Boyles, J.; et al. (November 2011), "Young Radio Pulsars in Galactic Globular Clusters", The Astrophysical Journal, 742 (1): 51, arXiv:1108.4402, Bibcode:2011ApJ...742...51B, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/742/1/51.
  4. ^ Marks, Michael; Kroupa, Pavel (August 2010), "Initial conditions for globular clusters and assembly of the old globular cluster population of the Milky Way", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 406 (3): 2000–2012, arXiv:1004.2255, Bibcode:2010MNRAS.406.2000M, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16813.x. Mass is from MPD on Table 1.
  5. ^ a b Forbes, Duncan A.; Bridges, Terry (May 2010), "Accreted versus in situ Milky Way globular clusters", Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 404 (3): 1203–1214, arXiv:1001.4289, Bibcode:2010MNRAS.404.1203F, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2966.2010.16373.x.
  6. ^ Richtler, T; Grebel, E (1994). "The cases of the "disk" globular clusters NGC 6496, NGC 6624, and NGC 6637". Astronomy and Astrophysics. 290: 412–420. Bibcode:1994A&A...290..412R.
  7. ^ Armandroff, T. "Color-magnitude diagrams for six metal-rich, low-latitude globular clusters". Astronomical Journal. 96 (1988): 121–131. arXiv:astro-ph/0212073. Bibcode:2003A&A...399..121P. doi:10.1051/0004-6361:20021788. ISSN 0004-6256.
  8. ^ "A heavy-metal home". Retrieved 30 May 2016.