NGC 2782
Peculiar Galaxy NGC 2782
NGC 2782 is a Barred Spiral Galaxy and marked as Peculiar in nature.  This is another example of two galaxies colliding but in this case, the second galaxy is suspected to be far inferior to the first and rapidly scattered its matterial while being absorbed into the larger galaxy.   At over 100 million light years away, the collision happend about 200 million years ago, so we are seeing the results at only 100 million years old.  Star formation has been detected younger than 100 million years old and therefore is considered recent and post-merger.    Look carefully and you can see faint clouds of stars extending half way to the edges of this image representing hundreds of millions of stars, so far way that they apear only as faint clouds.  For a wonderfully detailed paper on this galaxy visit here.  Statistics for NGC 2782 are RA: 09h 14m 08.6s, Dec: +40° 06' 49", Mag: 12.3 (B), Size: 3.8'x2.5', and Class: SAB(rs)a pec.
Optics: RC Optical System 20" F/8.2 (4165.6 mm Focal Length) Date: March  2011
Camera: SBIG ST10XME with Adaptive Optics Location: Columbus, Texas
Exposure: LRGB = 380:100:100:160 minutes Imager: Kent E. Biggs