NGC 1532

Alt. Designations: NGC 1532
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Eridanus
Distance: 70 mly
Right Ascension: 04h 12m 03.8s
Declination: -32° 52´ 23"
Visual Magnitude: 9.8
Apparent Dimension: 11.6´ X 3.4´
Best Month To View: Dec

The pair of galaxies NGC 1531/2, engaged in a spirited waltz, is located about 70 million light-years away towards the southern constellation Eridanus (The River). The deformed foreground spiral galaxy laced with dust lanes NGC 1532 is so close to its companion the background galaxy with a bright core just above the centre of NGC 1532 that it gets distorted: one of its spiral arms is warped and plumes of dust and gas are visible above its disc. The cosmic dance leads to another dramatic effect: a whole new generation of massive stars were born in NGC 1532 because of the interaction.