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NGC 4656/7: The Hockey Stick Galaxy

“Hello out there… we’re on the air… it’s ‘Hockey Night’ tonight.” With the Stanley Cup playoffs in full swing, it seems appropriate to image the “Hockey Stick Galaxy” – a highly warped barred spiral galaxy in Canes Venatici. The galaxy gets its “stick” due to gravitational warping from near by galaxies like the Whale Galaxy NGC4631. […]