NGC 4214 is a dwarf barred irregular galaxy located around 10 million light-years away in the constellation Canes Venatici. Size isn’t everything... in astronomy, at least. Dwarf galaxy NGC 4214 may be small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in content. It is packed with everything an astronomer could ask for, from hot, young star-forming regions to old clusters with red supergiants. This image was taken over 4 nights ending on March 20, 2012 and is a 12.5 hour exposure. The best way to see this odd little galaxy is in a closer view so be sure to click on the image. Just to the left of NGC 4214 is a barely visible galaxy, PGC 31945. There is also a small galaxy in the upper left part of the image, but I can't find it in the usual catalogs I search.

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