The Meathook Galaxy, NGC 2442 (and NGC 2443) is an intermediate spiral galaxy. it is about 50-60 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Volans and has a radius of 120.000 light-years. The distorted shape of the galaxy is most likely the result of this encounter most probably with  galaxy PGC 21457, which is around 2 million light years further away Furthermore, NGC 2442 interacts with a cloud of intergalactic medium (HIPASS J0731–69). As a result of the passage through HIPASS J0731–69, the elongated spiral arms experience the effect of ram-pressure stripping, in which the gas of the interstellar medium is compressed by the inflowing gas of the intergalactic medium. The images was completed using data from a remote hosting facility in Chile.

Planwave CDK24
PW L600
Moravian C3-61000 Pro
L, R, G and B filters
ca. 24 hrs, Gain 0/2750, F6.5, 3962mm

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