NGC 4490 is a pair of interacting galaxies that lie in the constellation of Canes Venatici.  These two
galaxies have caused siginificant gravitational disturbances in each other and a trail of stars stretches
between them.  They are 25,000  LY apart and seperating, having already reached their closest encounter.
Also known as the Cocoon Galaxy, NGC 4490 is an estimated distance of 45 million LY from Earth.


February 2, 2011
8" Astro-Tech RC, f/8
Canon Digital Rebel 500D / Modified (Hutech)
80 Minutes / 8x600s @ 800ASA
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski



 

 

 

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