Constellation Berenice's Hair

Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair): gift, map and visability

  • Meaning: Berenice's Hair
  • Best seen in: May
  • Family: Ursa Major
  • Latitude: +90° to -60°

Coma Berenices or Berenice's Hair is one of the 88 constellations modern astronomers have divided the sky into. It's part of the Ursa Major constellation family. Coma Berenices is best seen in May (from latitudes +90° to -60°).

Once part of Leo’s tail, Coma Berenices was separated in the 1500’s by Tycho Brahe. He brought back the tale of Berenice the queen of Egypt during the reign of Ptolemy III to create the constellation. Berenice promised Aphrodite her hair for the safe return of her husband from war. Upon his safe arrival, Berenice gave the hair to Aphrodite who then placed it among the stars.

Coma Berenices Constellation Map

Coma Berenices Constellation Map
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Main Stars in Berenice's Hair (Coma Berenices)

The constellation Coma Berenices contains several bright stars that make up its shape. Some of these main stars are known as:

  • Beta Comae Berenices
  • Diadem
  • Gamma Comae Berenices
  • FK Comae Berenices

Some of the deep sky objects which have been discovered in Coma Berenices include: The Black Eye Galaxy, The Needle Galaxy, Coma Star Cluster, Coma Galaxy Cluster, Virgo Cluster, Messier 53, Messier 100.

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