AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 128 (Extra) Galactic Globular Clusters
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[128.07] Adaptive Optics Observations of Star Forming Regions in the Core of the Galaxy Merger NGC 6240

L. K. Pollack, C. E. Max (UCSC, CFAO, UCO/Lick Observatories), P. Guhathakurta (UCSC, UCO/Lick Observatories)

We present images of the central 5 kpc of the galaxy merger NGC 6240 at H and K' bands, taken with the NIRC2 narrow camera on Keck in natural guide star adaptive optics mode. We detect about 15 star forming regions near the galaxy merger's dual nuclei and compare to archival HST WFPC2 images with similar spatial resolution at B and I bands. We discuss properties of the star forming regions including their relative sizes, colors, masses, and ages, and how these properties are related to the surrounding environment. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Adaptive Optics, managed by UC Santa Cruz under cooperative agreement No. AST-9876783.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: pollack@ucolick.org

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