NGC 4631

Alt. Designations: NGC 4631
Object Type: barred spiral galaxy
Constellation: Canes Venatici
Distance: 30 mly
Right Ascension: 12h 42m 07.6s
Declination: +32° 32´ 30"
Visual Magnitude: 9
Apparent Dimension: 15.2´ X 2.8´
Best Month To View: Apr

NGC 4631 (also known as the Whale Galaxy) is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. This galaxy's slightly distorted wedge shape gives it the appearance of a herring or a whale, whence its nickname. NGC 4631 has a nearby companion dwarf elliptical galaxy, NGC 4627. NGC 4631 and NGC 4627 are part of the NGC 4631 Group, a group of galaxies that also includes the interacting galaxies NGC 4656 and NGC 4657.