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Keywords:

  • stars: carbon;
  • globular clusters: individual: NGC 6426

ABSTRACT

We report on the serendipitous discovery of a carbon star near the centre of the low-metallicity globular cluster NGC 6426. We determined its membership and chemical properties using medium-resolution spectra. The radial velocity of −159 km s−1 makes it a member of the cluster. We used photometric data from the literature and the COMARCS stellar atmospheric models to derive its luminosity, effective temperature, surface gravity, metallicity, and approximate C, N and O abundance ratios. According to these properties, we suggest that this star is a genuine carbon-rich low-metallicity asymptotic giant branch star.