English Name: The Berenice’s Hair
Hemisphere: Northern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Bootes and Virgo.
Visible between latitudes: +90 and -60 degrees
Best season: Spring
Seen in three seasons: Winter, Spring and Summer
Best seen in: Early May
Seen between: February and July
Right Ascension (RA): 13 hour
Declination (DEC): +20 degrees
Area (square degrees): 179 (73rd)
Coma Berenices (Berenice`s Hair)
- A faint northern constellation, its brightest stars between magnitude +4.0 and +5.0, form a very wide star cluster.
- Rich faint galaxies; some are part of the Virgo Cluster.
- M53 – Globular cluster; one of the more outflying Globular Galaxy from the Galactic Center.
- M64 – The Black-Eye Galaxy; Spiral Galaxy – Large telescopes show a dark cloud of dust against the galaxy’s centre that gives a popular name as Black-Eye.
- M85 – Elliptical Galaxy
- M88 – Spiral Galaxy; very bright.
- M91 – Barred Spiral Galaxy; part of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.
- M98 – Spiral Galaxy; bright and very large and elongated.
- M99 – Spiral Galaxy; one of the faint Messier objects but beautiful galaxy seen almost face-on.
- M100 – Spiral Galaxy; face-on – one of the brightest and largest galaxies in the Virgo Clusters.
Features of Interest
- Melotte 111 – The Coma Star Cluster; Open Cluster; choosing and using binocular for astronomy; in the dark, this open cluster is visible to the naked-eye.
- NGC 4565 – reveals the shape of this spiral galaxy, seen edge-on; a lane of dark dust runs across the galaxy.
- Diadem (Alpha Comae Berenices); just loses out to Beta. (Magnitude +4.23)
- Beta Comae Berenices (Magnitude +4.32)
- Gamma Comae Berenices (Magnitude +4.35)
- Photo of the constellation – Coma Berenices, as it appears to the naked-eye. (Lines have been added for clarity.)
- Sky Chart – Coma Berenices
- List of stars in Coma Berenices.
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