Cocoon Galaxy NGC 4490 and NGC 4485
The Cocoon  Galaxy NGC 4490 is interacting with the smaller NGC 4485.  Both were origninally
spirals, distorted by their interaction.  This interaction has stimulated rapid star formation.   Both galaxies
lie at a distance of 40-50 million light years in the constellation Canes Venatici.

This image combined 75 minutes unbinned clear luminance with 30 minutes of red, 15 minutes green and
20 minutes of blue exposures, binned 2 x 2.  An ST10XME camera was used through a 12" Meade
LX200R at f/7.  .
Music:  Come Together - Beatles
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