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Gorski, Marek; Zgirski, Bartlomiej; Pietrzynski, Grzegorz; Gieren, Wolfgang; Wielgorski, Piotr; Graczyk, Dariusz; Kudritzki, Rolf-Peter; Pilecki, Bogumil; Narloch, Weronika; Karczmarek, Paulina; Suchomska, Ksenia; Taormina, Monica (2020): Empirical Calibration of the Reddening Maps in the Magellanic Clouds. In: Astrophysical Journal, Vol. 889, No. 2, 179
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We present reddening maps of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC), based on color measurements of the red clump. Reddening values of our maps were obtained by calculating the difference of the observed and intrinsic color of the red clump in both galaxies. To obtain the intrinsic color of the red clump, we used reddenings obtained from late-type eclipsing binary systems, measurements for blue supergiants and reddenings derived from Stromgren photometry of B-type stars. We obtained intrinsic color of the red clump (V - I)(0) = 0.838 +/- 0.034 mag in the LMC, and (V - I)(0) = 0.814 +/- 0.034 mag in the SMC. We prepared our map with 3' resolution, covering the central part of the LMC and SMC. The mean value of the reddening is E(B - V)(LMC) = 0.127 mag and E(B - V)(SMC) = 0.084 mag for the LMC and SMC, respectively. The systematic uncertainty of the average reddening value assigned to each field of our maps is 0.013 mag for both Magellanic Clouds. Our reddening values are on average higher by 0.061 mag for the LMC and 0.054 mag for the SMC, compared with the maps of Haschke et al. We also compared our values with different types of reddening tracers. Cepheids, RR Lyrae stars, early-type eclipsing binaries, and other reddening estimations based on the red clump color on average show reddenings consistent with our map to within a few hundredths of magnitude.