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Distorted galaxy NGC 2442 can be found in the southern constellation of the flying fish ,(Piscis) Volans .Located about 50 million light-years away, the galaxy's twospiral arms extending from a pronounced central bar have a hook-likeappearance in wide-field images .But this mosaickedclose-up , constructed from Hubble Space Telescope andEuropean Southern Observatory data,follows the galaxy's structure in amazing detail.Obscuring dust lanes, young blue star clusters and reddish star forming regionssurround a core of yellowish light from an older population of stars.The sharp image data also reveal more distantbackground galaxies seen right through NGC 2442'sstar clusters and nebulae.The image spans about 75,000 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 2442 .

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