It’s a galaxy fit for a slasher flick: NGC 2442, aka the Meathook galaxy, glitters with stars in a newly released picture from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.
NGC 2442 sits in the constellation Volans, the Flying Fish. Seen in its entirety, the galaxy’s asymmetric spiral arms give it a double hook shape, inspiring the nickname. This image is a closeup of the galaxy’s central region and the more compact of its two arms.
Image courtesy ESA/NASA