NGC 2146

Alt. Designations: NGC 2146
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Camelopardalis
Distance: 69.76 mly
Right Ascension: 06h 18m 38.3s
Declination: +78° 21´ 21"
Visual Magnitude: 10.5
Apparent Dimension: 5.4´ X 2.9´
Best Month To View: Dec

NGC 2146 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation of Camelopardalis. This peculiar galaxy with large arms and a large nuclear disk exhibits a warped tidal shape structure that is believed to be the result of a close encounter or merger with a companion galaxy approximately 800,000 years ago though no companion is visible today. This event is believed to be the cause for high starburst activity within the galaxy center as evident by the bright core. Starburst activity is when stars form at a much higher rate than those in normal galaxies.