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Title: The Open Cluster NGC 2437 (Messier 46)
Authors: T. J. Davidge

The stellar content of the open cluster NGC 2437 (Messier 46) is investigated using moderately deep u*,g', and r' MegaCam images. When compared with solar metallicity isochrones, the (g', u'-g') and (r', g'-r') CMDs are consistent with an age log(t_yr) = 8.35 0.15, a distance modulus 11.05 0.05, and a colour excess E(B-V) = 0.115 0.035. The r' luminosity function (LF) of main sequence stars in the magnitude range r' < 17 (i.e. masses > 0.8 solar) has a shape that follows solar neighbourhood star counts. However, at fainter magnitudes the cluster LF is flat, in contrast with what would be expected from solar neighbourhood counts. The clustering properties of stars in NGC 2437 are investigated by examining the two-point angular correlation functions of main sequence stars in different brightness ranges. Main sequence stars fainter than r' = 17 are less centrally concentrated than brighter stars and are found over a larger area of the sky, suggesting that there is a corona of faint main sequence stars around NGC 2437. Based on the flat LF and extended spatial distribution of faint stars, it is concluded that NGC 2437 is actively shedding stars with masses < 0.8 solar.

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Open Clusters M46 (NGC 2437), M47 (NGC 2422), in the constellation Puppis.


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