Wide-field view of the Meathook Galaxy

This picture of the Meathook Galaxy (NGC 2442) was taken by the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla, Chile. It shows a much broader view than the Hubble image, although less detailed. This view includes the whole galaxy and the surrounding sky, and clearly shows the asymmetric spiral arms. The longer of the two arms has intense star formation, which is visible here as a pink glow: this is due to the radiation of young stars ionising the gas they form from. The asymmetric shape and star formation are both thought to be caused by tidal disruptions from a near-miss with another galaxy at some point in its history

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ESO

About the Image

Id:heic1108b
Type:Observation
Release date:4 May 2011, 12:00
Related releases:heic1108
Size:6756 x 5687 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2442
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:55 million light years

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BandTelescope
Optical
B
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
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MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
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V
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI
Optical
H-alpha
MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope
WFI

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