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This pair of interacting galaxies, NGC 3718 on the left and NGC 3729 on the right, are located near the 'bowl' of the Big Dipper in Ursa Major. Although they do not appear extremely close together these two galaxies are close enough for the gravitational pull of each one to have distorted the other. NGC 3718 is particularly distorted, with the middle of the galaxy positioned face-on while its spiral arms have been twisted so that they are nearly edge-on. The five small galaxies above NGC 3718 are Hickson Compact Galaxy Group 56.