AAS 200th meeting, Albuquerque, NM, June 2002
Session 46. Astrophysics in the Local Group
Display, Tuesday, June 4, 2002, 10:00am-6:30pm, SW Exhibit Hall

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[46.04] Structural Parameters of the Small Magellanic Cloud

K. Knierman, D. Zaritsky (Steward Obs. U. Arizona)

Using UBVI photometry from the Magellanic Cloud Photometric Survey, we measure the structural parameters of the Small Magellanic Cloud. By selecting different stellar populations, we create star count maps of the young, intermediate, and old population of the Small Magellanic Cloud. Ellipse fitting to the contours of the density of the intermediate and old populations rather than to the luminosity, which is weighted toward the young stars, enables us to study the dynamically-relaxed stellar populations. We discuss related topics such as our determination of the center of the galaxy, the inclination of the system to the line-of-sight, and the line-of-sight depth of the SMC.

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