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NGC 4490 is a galaxy in Canes Venatici that is about 50,000,000 light years from us. It lies very close (in relative terms) to smaller galaxy NGC 4485 to its left, from which it is separated by only 25,000 light years. Both of these were spiral galaxies whose shapes have been heavily distorted so that they are now mere 'blobs'. Near the top left of NGC 4490 is a small "bridge" of stars connecting the two galaxies.