NGC4631 and NGC4627


NGC4631 (C32) is an edge-on spiral galaxy in Coma Berenices.  It is apparently distorted by its fainter round companion galaxy NGC4627.  NGC4631 is also known as the "Whale Galaxy" or as the "Herring Galaxy".  Additional images and information about this pair of galaxies is available at the Interactive NGC Catalog Online-NGC4631.  This image is a composite of 18, 15-second images taken on 9 June 1997.


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