Object name: IC0226
Designation(s): IC0226, IC0277,
IC 226 and IC 227 are the largest members of the MCXC J0228.1+2811 galaxy cluster. The cluster is located in the southeast corner of Triangulum and is just under a half billion light-years from us. Major galaxies of clusters usually get their size by devouring smaller members of the cluster that get too close. While IC 227 shows no sign of this other than its large size compared to the other members of the group IC 0226 is an obviously highly disturbed by something it ate recently. While the two IC galaxies fall into the red and dead classification, likely due to the many mergers pushing dust and gas needed for star formation out of the galaxies, IC 0226 shows a very blue arc just beyond its very faint red disk. Could this be the remains of its last meal? If the devoured galaxy had lots of dust and gas then that may have been available for new star formation as it was stripped from the galaxy as it spiraled in to its doom.
Related Designation(s):2MASS J02274584+2812330, 2MASS J02595059+0246168, 2MASX J02274583+2812332, 2MASX J02595060+0246168, 2MASXi J0227458+281233, 2MIG 0361, AKARI J0259506+024617, CGCG 0257.2+0234, CGCG 389-060, CXO J022745.9+281231, GALEXASC J022745.80+281232.9 , HDCE 0194 NED006, HIPASS J0259+02, IC 0226, IC 0277, IC0226, IC0277, IRAS 02572+0234, IRAS F02572+0234, ISOSS J02598+0245, KUG 0257+025, LDCE 0163 NED023, LDCE 0212 NED006, LGG 079:[G93] 005, MCG +00-08-064, MCG +05-06-046, MRK 0602, NSA 132955, NVSS J022745+281231, NVSS J025950+024616, PGC 009373, PGC 011336, UGC 01922, UGC 02460, UZC J025950.6+024618, [SLK2004] 0365,