On the structure of tidal tails

A. Macleod, A. H. W. Kuepper, D. C. Heggie

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We examine the longitudinal distribution of the stars escaping from a cluster along tidal tails. Using both theory and simulations, we show that, even in the case of a star Cluster in a circular galactic orbit, when the tide is steady, the distribution exhibits maxima at a distance of many tidal radii from the cluster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1248-1252
Number of pages5
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • methods : analytical
  • methods : N-body simulations
  • galaxies : kinematics and dynamics
  • galaxies : star clusters


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