Click here for a higher resolution image of NGC 4631 and 4656 (543 KB)

 

 

The Details
Object
NGC 4631 and 4656 in Canes Venatici
"The Whale and the Hockey Stick"
Optics
Astro-Physics 160 EDF Refractor at f/7.5
Platform
Astro-Physics 1200 GTO
Camera
SBIG STL-11000M
Filters
Tru-Balance LRGB filter set
Date
28 May 2006
Location
East Mojave National Preserve, San Bernardino County CA
Exposure
L 6 x 900 sec 1x1 bin; RGB 6 x 300 sec, 2x2 bin
Software
Maxim DL/CCD, Registar, Photoshop CS2
Orientation
Field of View: 56'53" x 40'14" centered on RA12h42m59s
DEC +32°21’54” (2000.0) . North angle 33.5 °; east 90° CCW from north
Notes

NGC 4631 and NGC 4656 are two large spiral galaxies locked in a cosmic dance of gravitational attraction approximately 30 million light years from Earth, tugging at each other to the point of mutual distortion.

There are a myriad of small, faint galaxies in the above image that are best seen by clicking on the link to the higher resolution image (above).

 

 

 

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