The galaxy, officially known as NGC 2442, has been nicknamed the Meathook Galaxy due to its irregular features. Two coiling arms appear to stretch out from its core, creating a winding, snake-like effect. Viewed from Earth, the galaxy sits in the southern constellation of Volans, the Flying Fish.
Snapped by NASA‘s Hubble telescope, the galaxy is located a mind-boggling 50 million light-years away.
In more earthly terms, NGC 2442 is located some 293,931,270,000,000,000,000 miles away.
The galaxy measures about 75,000 light-years across and its shape is attributed to an encounter with a smaller galaxy.
And one of its dusty spiral arms was host to a supernova eruption that flared up in March 2015.