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The Whale-Galaxy - Stock Image

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Description

NGC4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy seen edge-on only 25 million light-years away towards the small northern constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape suggests to some a cosmic herring and to others the popular moniker of The Whale Galaxy. Either way, it is similar in size to our own Milky Way. The Whale's dark interstellar dust clouds, young bright blue star clusters, and purplish star forming regions are easy to spot. A companion galaxy, the small elliptical NGC4627 appears above the Whale Galaxy.

Image taken with a Canon EOS 20Da camera in prime focus of a professional reflector-teleskope at 1290mm f/5.1. Exposure time is 110 minutes ! This is a very deep and real image, so the "noise" in background is no noise, these are very very dim stars again. The image is not overprocessed and sharp. See the spikes on the very bright stars.
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