Barred spiral galaxy NGC 4731 lies some 65
million light-years away in the large Virgo cluster of galaxies.
Its broad spiral arms are distorted by gravitational interaction
with a fellow Virgo cluster member, giant elliptical galaxy
NGC 4697. NGC 4731 is well
over 100,000 light-years across. NGC 4731A can be seen near the
bottom of this frame.