Lopsided Galaxy Meathook

Telescope Takes Images Lopsided Galaxy Called Meathook

NASA and the European Space Agency’s Hubble Space Telescope, and the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile take images the Lopsided Galaxy called “Meathook”, or NGC 2442. Galaxy was called “Meathook” because of its off-kilter form is found in the southern constellation of Volans (The Flying Fish), about 50 million light-years away.The asymmetrical Meathook galaxy has one spiral arm tightly folded in on itself and is the site of a recent supernova and the other arm which is dotted with recent star formation, is far out from the galactic nucleus.Scientist think that the galaxy’s lopsided appearance is the result of gravitational interactions with another galaxy but it is not yet clear, they continue their studies.

source:www.nasa.gov