Distorted galaxy NGC 2442 can be found in the constellation of the flying fish, (Piscis) Volans. Located about 50 million light-years away, the galaxy's two spiral arms extending from a central bar give it an hook-shaped appearance. This striking color image also shows obscuring dust lanes, young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regions surrounding a core of yellowish light from older stars. But the star forming regions seem more concentrated along the northern (top) spiral arm.
APOD: The Porpoise Galaxy from Hubble: NASA/ESA/Hubble/HLA; NGC 2936, the upper of the 2 large galaxies shown, got to close to massive elliptical galaxy NGC 2937. The pair together is known as Arp 142, and lies 300 million ly distance in the constellation Hydra. It will take about 1 billion years for the two galaxies to merge into one large galaxy.