We carried out a systematic search for new star clusters in a field of 5deg x5deg centred close to the Galactic Nucleus using the infrared JHK_s 2MASS Survey archive. In addition we searched for embedded clusters in the directions of HII regions and dark clouds for |l|<=4deg. As a result we present a list of 58 IR star clusters or candidates. We provide positions, sizes and reddening estimated from 100 mu m dust emission. Their angular distribution together with previously catalogued objects in the region and possible relation with star forming complexes are also discussed.
Astronomy and Astrophysics
- Pub Date:
- July 2000
- GALAXY: GLOBULAR CLUSTERS: GENERAL;
- GALAXY: OPEN CLUSTERS AND ASSOCIATIONS: GENERAL;
- ISM: DUST;
- manuscript in LATEX with 4 pages, 4 figures .ps Accepted for Astronomy and Astrophysics main journal