Current data on the globular cluster Palomar 14 are consistent with MOND (Research Note)

G. Gentile, B. Famaey, G. Angus, P. Kroupa

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Context: Certain types of globular clusters have the very important property that the predictions for their kinematics in the Newtonian and modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) contexts are divergent. Aims: Here, we advice regarding the recent claim that the stellar kinematics data (using 17 stars) of the globular cluster Palomar 14 are inconsistent with MOND. Methods: We compare the observations to the theoretical predictions using a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, which is appropriate for small samples. Results: We find that with the currently available data the MOND prediction for the velocity distribution can only be excluded with a very low confidence level, clearly insufficient to claim that MOND is falsified.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA97
JournalAstronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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