NGC 2442 / 2443 or commonly known as the Meathook Galaxy is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 50 million light-years away in the constellation Volans. Associated with this galaxy is HIPASS J0731-69, a cloud of gas devoid of any stars. It is likely that the cloud was torn loose from NGC 2442 by a companion.
RA: 07h36m23s DEC:-69°31'51" Apparent size: about 5,5x4,9 arcmin.
Image details L = 20x1200s R = 5x1200s G = 5x1200s B = 5x1200s
80cm f/7 Astrooptik Keller corrected cassegrain, FLI Proline 16803, Baader filters, Prompt 7 CTIO/UNC Chile,
Image processing: Volker Wendel