Galaxy NGC 2442, aka the Meat-hook Galaxy, is some 50 mly away in the Volans constellation, the Flying Fish. The galaxy is 75,000 ly wide & features two dusty spiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar that give it a hook-like appearance. The galaxy’s distorted shape is most likely the result of a close encounter w/ a smaller, unseen galaxy
NGC 3718 (Arp 214) Distance: 42.4 Million Light Years NGC 3718 and its companion NGC 3729 are physically related members of the Ursa Major galaxy cluster. The two galaxies appear to orbit each other at a projected separation of 147,000 light years. NGC 3718 seems to have a rudimentary bar and spiral structure although it is recognized as a peculiar galaxy and as such is listed within Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. via Dark Matter on Facebook
NGC 6543 Halo of the Cat's Eye. The Cat's Eye Nebula is one of the best known planetary nebulae in the sky. Its symmetries are seen in the very central region of this false-color picture, pro-cessed to reveal the enormous but extremely faint halo of gaseous mater-ial, over 3 ly across, which surrounds the brighter, familiar planetary nebula. Made with data from the Nordic Optical Telescope, Canary Islands.