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Supernovae Enrichment in the Globular Cluster NGC 6273

27 Dec 2015, 22:00 UTC
Supernovae Enrichment in the Globular Cluster NGC 6273
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Massive stars end their lives in powerful supernovae explosions. These explosions eject massive quantities of heavy elements into space and these heavy elements can get incorporated into subsequent generations of stars. As a result, these stars become more enriched with heavy elements. A number of massive globular clusters such as Omega Centauri and Terzan 5 show evidence for supernova enrichment. These massive globular clusters are believed to be the leftover nuclei of disrupted dwarf galaxies, and unlike typical globular clusters, they are massive enough to retain supernovae ejecta.Observations of the globular cluster NGC 6273 show that it too has evidence for supernovae enrichment. The red giant stars in NGC 6273 appear to fall into two distinct populations with different calcium abundances. Other observations of the red giant stars in NGC 6237 also show two distinct populations - a metal-poor group with a lower abundance of iron and a metal-rich group with a higher abundance of iron. These observations suggest that NGC 6273 was massive enough to retain supernovae ejecta, allowing it to have subsequent generations of stars that are more enriched with heavy elements.Figure 1: Artist’s impression of the view from a planet near a globular cluster.References:- Han et al. ...

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