The Meathook Galaxy

Distorted galaxy NGC 2442The distorted galaxy NGC 2442, also known as the Meathook Galaxy, is located some 50 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Volans (the Flying Fish). The galaxy’s two dusty spiral arms extending from its pronounced central bar give it a hook-like appearance. The galaxy’s distorted shape is most likely the result of a close encounter with a smaller, unseen galaxy.

Image Credit: ESO