The Hickson 44 group of galaxies
includes NGC 3190, the large spiral galaxy near the center of the
frame. It is viewed nearly edge-on as prominent dust lanes are visible
in it. The barred spiral galaxy to the lower right is NGC 3187.
The spiral galaxy at the upper right of the frame is NGC 3185. This
is also a barred spiral. Finally, the group includes NGC 3193, an
eliptical galaxy to the lower left of NGC 3190. Several distant
galaxies are also visible in this image.
All the members of this group are
interacting and the gravitational forces have disorted their shape