Object name: ARP006
Designation(s): ARP006, NGC2537,
NGC 2537 is sometimes known as the Bear's Paw Galaxy. Considering it only has one claw in the center it is a rather deformed bear's paw. To me, a better name would be the Jellyfish Galaxy. It is thought to be two colliding galaxies. If true the bright condensation at about 1 o'clock may be the remains of the other galaxy's nucleus. This is just my guess however. They are located some 26 million light years out. Yet they are very small indicating these are tiny galaxies that have collided. The pair is only about 13 million light years across. In any case this is a tiny pair. The collision has certainly messed things up to where it is impossible just by looking to tell what belongs to what galaxy. Off to the left is distant NGC 2537A at a distance of over a half billion light years. So it is really a much bigger galaxy, just seen from a very great distance.
Related Designation(s):11HUGS 129, 2MASX J08131464+4559232, 2MASXi J0813147+455926, AKARI J0813135+455938, ARP 006, ARP006, CGCG 0809.7+4609, CGCG 236-035, HDCE 0471 NED002, IRAS 08096+4608, IRAS F08096+4608, KIG 0235, KUG 0809+461, LDCE 0558 NED002, MCG +08-15-050, MRK 0086, MRK 0086a, NGC 2537, NGC2537, NSA 156537, NVSS J081314+455937, PGC 023040, SDSS J081314.72+455921.9, UGC 04274, UZC J081314.5+455932, VV 138, [SPB93] 090,