M32: Is there an Ancient, Metal-Poor Population?
We observed two fields near M32 with the ACS/HRC on board the Hubble Space Telescope, located at distances of about 1.8' and 5.4' (hereafter Fl and F2, respectively) from the center of M32. To obtain a very detailed and deep color-magnitude diagram (CMD) and to look for short period variability, we obtained time-series imaging of each field in 32-orbit-long exposures using the F435W (B) and F555W (V) filters, spanning a temporal range of 2 days per filter. We focus on our detection of variability on RR Lyrae variable stars, which represents the only way to obtain information about the presence of a very old population (larger than 10 Gyr) in M32 from optical data. Here we present results obtained from the detection of 31 RR Lyrae in these fields: 17 in Fl and 14 in F2.
Stellar Pulsation: Challenges for Theory and Observation
- Pub Date:
- September 2009
- Astronomical and space-research instrumentation;
- Binary and multiple stars;
- Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies
- talk contribution, 5 pages