May 11

Two views of a lopsided galaxy

Source: ESA/Hubble Photo Release heic1108 and ESO Photo Release eso1115

Close-up Hubble view of the Meathook Galaxy (NGC 2442).
Image credits:  ESA, NASA.

The Meathook Galaxy, or NGC 2442, has a dramatically lopsided shape. One spiral arm is tightly folded in on itself and host to a recent supernova, while the other, dotted with recent star formation, extends far out from the nucleus. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope have captured two contrasting views of thisasymmetric spiral galaxy. (read more)

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