Horizontal-branch Models and the Second-parameter Effect. Iv. the Case of M3 and Palomar 3

We present a detailed analysis of the “second-parameter pair” of globular clusters M3 (NGC 5272) and Palomar 3. Our main results can be summarized as follows: i) The horizontal-branch (HB) morphology of M3 is significantly bluer in its inner regions (observed with the Hubble Space Telescope) than in the cluster outskirts (observed from the ground), i.e., M3… CONTINUE READING