Coma Berenices

English Name:  The Berenice’s Hair
Genitive: Alphecca
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.

Messier Objects

  • 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

Named Stars

  • Diadem (Alpha Comae Berenices); just loses out to Beta. (Magnitude +4.23)
  • Beta Comae Berenices (Magnitude +4.32)
  • Gamma Comae Berenices (Magnitude +4.35)


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