Washington photometry of the red giant branch in NGC 6388

Joanne Hughes, George Wallerstein, Ricardo Covarrubias, Naydene Hays

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We present Washington photometry of the giant branches of the relatively metal-rich globular cluster NGC 6388 and compare it with 47 Tue. By examining the spatial distribution of stellar colors across the red giant branch and using spectroscopic data on several bright giants, we found that NGC 6388's center is affected by differential reddening of at least AE(B - V) ∼ 0.1. Most of the width of the red giant branch is caused by that differential reddening. The southeastern outer regions of the cluster seem to be less affected by variable dust extinction, and we find that NGC 6388 is slightly more metal-rich than 47 Tue, with a distinct asymptotic giant branch. We have put an upper limit on possible variations in [Fe/H] for NGC 6388, finding that it must be less than ∼0.2 dex. It is unlikely that such a small range in metallicity could be responsible for the blue horizontal branch and blue tail stars in a cluster with a metallicity similar to the more massive 47 Tue, which only exhibits a red horizontal branch.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-240
Number of pages12
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Globular clusters: general
  • Globular clusters: individual (47 Tucanae, NGC 6388)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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