NGC 4244, also Caldwell 26, is an edge-on loose Spiral galaxy and Caldwell object in the constellation Canes Venatici. It is part of the M94 Group (the Canes Venatici I Group), a galaxy group relatively close to the Local Group containing the Milky Way.  The galaxy lies approximately 6.5 million light years away.  A nuclear star cluster and halo is located at the centre of this galaxy. This image was taken March 27 and 29, 2011 and is a total of 5.5 hours of exposure. This galaxy is sometimes called the Silver Needle galaxy, which is apt when looking at this image. 

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