The Whale Galaxy

The Whale galaxy (NGC 4631) is  located in the constellation of Canes Venatici, at a distance of 25 million light years. It’s interaction with the dwarf elliptical galaxy NGC 4631 is enigmatic and maybe the cause of strong star formation within the galaxy.  The crowbar galaxy (NGC 4656) is visible in the lower left corner of this image. Scientists believe that its distinctive shape is due to a recent gravitational interaction with the Whale galaxy. The cosmos is full of surprises!!!

Image acquisition details:

Telescope: Explore Scientific 208mm Newtonian

Camera: Canon Rebel Xs (modified)

Exposure: 35 x 3 minute subs

ISO: 1600

Temperature: 15c

Date: 30 June 2016

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