Hubble spots a lopsided Lynx
This galaxy, known as NGC 2337, resides 25 million light-years away in the constellation of Lynx. NGC 2337 is an irregular galaxy, meaning that it—along with a quarter of all galaxies in the universe—lacks a distinct, regular appearance. The galaxy was discovered in 1877 by the French astronomer Edouard Stephan who, in the same year, discovered the galactic group Stephan's Quintet (heic0910i).
|NGC 2337 [Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA]|
Despite the disruption, gravitational interactions between galaxies can kick-start star formation activity within the affected galaxies, which may explain the pockets of blue light scattered throughout NGC 2337. These patches and knots of blue signal the presence of young, newly formed, hot stars.
Source: NASA [August 15, 2016]