NGC 2442

NGC 2442 (40) ADJ

NGC 2442 (The Meathook Galaxy)

NGC 2442 is a distorted galaxy in Volans at a distance of 50 MLY. The distorted shape is most likely the result of a close encounter with the smaller galaxy.(right middle).Around a yellowish core of older stars,2 broad arms sweep around containing young blue star clusters, dust lanes and reddish star forming regions.

We see this galaxy through some high galactic latitude cloud which gives the background a patchy appearance.

Telescope.  16 Inch F 4.5 Newtonian.

Camera.  S Big ST4000 XCM OSC CCD.

Exposure and Date. 12 x 900 sec + 15 x 900 sec.    March 2013, Apr. 2016.

Location. (Wiruna) Ilford N.S.W.