NGC 4631 is a large distorted spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. 
It's odd shape is due to interaction with it's companion NGC 4627.  This object
is estimated to be 25 million LY distant and has played a significant role is distorting
 neighboring galaxy NGC 4656, out of the field of view to the lower left.  All three
companions have been involved in close encounters with each other in the past.

March 4, 2011
8" Astro-Tech RC, f/8
Canon Digital Rebel 500D / Modified (Hutech)
120 Minutes / 12x600s @ 800ASA
Orion StarShoot AutoGuider
Skyhawk Observatory, West Bend, WI
Rick Kazmierski




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