Arp 41 (NGC 1232)
Arp 41 is a Spiral with LSB Companions on Arms, with the most obvious companion
east and just south of the edge of the primary. The Atlas notes "companion
spiral wound in same sense as parent. Note split of companion's arm
further into center". There is another
small galaxy right on the arm about 2.5' directly east of the core. It's
hard to tell whether it is another companion or just a background galaxy seen
through Arp 41.
This is a beautiful galaxy by any standards, as well as a very complex one. It has several very straight arm sections, and some sharp breaks in the curves of the arms. Several arms have splits. The companion is a unusual barred spiral.
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