Distorted galaxy NGC 2442

The distorted galaxy NGC 2442, also known as the Meathook Galaxy, is located some 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Volans (the Flying Fish). The galaxy is 75,000 light-years wide and features two dusty spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar that give it a hook-like appearance, hence its nickname. The galaxy’s distorted shape is most likely the result of a close encounter with a smaller, unseen galaxy. This image is based on data acquired with the 1.5-metre Danish telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, through three filters (B: 250 s, V: 187 s, R: 150 s).

Crédit:

ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R. Gendler, J.-E. Ovaldsen, C. C. Thöne and C. Féron

À propos de l'image

Identification:ngc2442
Type:Observation
Date de publication:3 décembre 2009 23:18
Taille:1917 x 1764 px

À propos de l'objet

Nom:NGC 2442
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Distance:50 million années lumière
Constellation:Volans
Catégorie:Galaxies

Image Formats

Grand JPEG
1,3 Mio
JPEG taille écran
232,5 Kio

Fonds d'écran

1024x768
259,5 Kio
1280x1024
462,5 Kio
1600x1200
742,8 Kio
1920x1200
979,3 Kio
2048x1536
1,3 Mio

Coordinates

Position (RA):7 36 27.49
Position (Dec):-69° 31' 30.66"
Field of view:12.62 x 12.62 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 43.4° left of vertical

Couleurs & filtres

DomaineTélescope
Visible
B
Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Visible
V
Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Visible
R
Danish 1.54-metre telescope