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NGC 4631 - Arp 281 - The Whale Galaxy
Canes Venatici
Penryn, California
June 2003
FS-128G (ag, ST-4)
ST-10XME LRGB 15-10-10-10 minutes

NGC 4631 is an edge-on spiral galaxy which is inter acting with nearby NGC4656.
A bridge of hydrogen gas connects the two inter acting galaxies.  The companion galaxy is NGC 4627.

NGC 4631 is under going intense star burst activity.

NGC 4631 is at 30 million light years distance.