Object name: NGC4656
Designation(s): NGC4656, NGC4657,
NGC 4656, the Hockey Stick Galaxy, is a highly disturbed galaxy or galaxies depending on who you read, located in Canes Venatici. It carries two NGC numbers, NGC 4656 which refers to the main core region and NGC 4657 which refers to the bright northeast end. While many papers through the 1980's and even a few into the 90's call this system an interacting pair most today feel it is just one highly distorted galaxy that came too close to nearby NGC 4631 and its distorted satellite NGC 4627. Its redshift puts it a bit over 40 million light-years away but most sources put it and NGC 4631 about 25 million light-years away.
Related Designation(s):11HUGS 305, BTS 153, CGCG 1241.6+3227, CGCG 1241.6+3227 NED02, CGCG 159-065, CGCG 159-065 NED02, FGC 174A, IRAS 12415+3226, IRAS 12417+3228, IRAS F12415+3227, IRAS F12416+3228, KPG 350B, KUG 1241+324, LCSB L0533O, LGG 291:[G93] 006, MCG +05-30-066, MCG +05-30-066 NED02, NGC 4656, NGC 4656 NED02, NGC 4657, NGC4656, NGC4657, NVSS J124406+321230, PGC 042863, RX J1244.1+3212, UGC 07907, UGC 07907 NED02, WSRT-CVn [KOV2009] 63, [KVB99] 32, [M98j] 177 NED05, [VPK96] B26,