|NGC 1232 is a "Grand Design" spiral galaxy not unlike
in this case the spiral arms are curiously bent and not gently curved as
is more typically the case. This is most likely due to gravitation interactions
with its neighbor (on the top in this image). It is almost as if the
structure of the central bar of the galaxy has somehow been morphed into
the structure of the arms (wild speculation!). NGC 1232 is approximately
70 million light years away.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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