Curious smear in disk
The disk does not have a bar but it is smeared out considerably.
There are also 3 smaller galaxies which appear to be nearby in the same plane, and perhaps the smear is the result of the gravitational pull between the main (largest, center) object and the 3 smaller ones. There even appears to be a trail of stars between the main object and the nearest of the 3 (apparent) neighbors.
This might be the result of the first pass in a collision between these galaxies?
by ElisabethB moderator
The smear is probably an artefact.
The central galaxy looks a bit disturbed. Not sure if the tiny blobs are responsible.