||This very dim galaxy appears a bit bent out of shape due to the nagging gravitational effect of its neighbor, NGC 4697. At an estimated distance of 65 million light years away NGC 4731 is on the far side of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. The galaxy has a few hotspots of star formation, but is otherwise fairly demure in appearence. The background is mottled with galaxies perhaps hundreds of times more distant.|
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
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