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Paper: Galactic Archaeology Using Star Clusters in Nearby Galaxies
Volume: 458, Galactic Archaeology: Near-Field Cosmology and the Formation of the Milky Way
Page: 291
Authors: Lee, M. G.
Abstract: Star clusters are an excellent tool for archaeology of nearby galaxies. Recently the paradigm for star clusters is changing from simplicity to variety. With the advent of the Hubble Space Telescope and wide field imagers in large telescopes new types of star clusters and cluster-like objects have been discovered in the nearby universe. These objects must include significant clues for understanding the formation of their host galaxies and galaxy groups. However, their nature and origin is still too intriguing to explain. I review the current status of our understanding of globular clusters in nearby galaxies in terms of galactic archaeology. There are cumulating evidence that every galaxy has a different star formation history, although some of them look similar in their morphology. Galaxies are formed via several mechanisms rather than any single one.
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