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Chemical composition of the stellar cluster Gaia1: no surprise behind Sirius

Chemical composition of the stellar cluster Gaia1: no surprise behind Sirius

Publication date: 20 July 2017

Authors: Mucciarelli, A., et al.

Journal: Astronomy & Astrophysics
Volume: 603
Page: L7
Year: 2017

Copyright: © ESO, 2017

We observed six He-clump stars of the intermediate-age stellar cluster Gaia1 with the MIKE/Magellan spectrograph. A possible extra-galactic origin of this cluster, recently discovered thanks to the first data release of the ESA Gaia mission, has been suggested, based on its orbital parameters. Abundances for Fe, α, proton- and neutron-capture elements have been obtained. We find no evidence of intrinsic abundance spreads. The iron abundance is solar ([FeI/H] = + 0.00 ± 0.01; σ = 0.03 dex). All the other abundance ratios are generally solar-scaled, similar to the Galactic thin disk and open cluster stars of similar metallicity. The chemical composition of Gaia1 does not support an extra-galactic origin for this stellar cluster, which can be considered as a standard Galactic open cluster.

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