Coma Berenices

Tuesday 19 September 2017 - 08:19:17 Posted by  Bobby

 Mythology of Coma Berenices

Coma Berenices represents the hair of Queen Berenice of Egypt. According to legend, she cut off her locks to thank the gods for the safe return of her husband, King Ptolemy, from battle. It was formed in the 16th century by Gersrdus Mercator, the Dutch cartographer, from a group of faint stars that the Greeks regarded as the tail of Leo. The galaxies in its southern region belong to the Virgo Cluster.

 The Facts

  • Depiction: Berenice's Hair
  • Pronounced: KOH-ma-bear-uh-NEE-sees
  • Genitive: Comae Berenices
  • Abbreviation: Com
  • Highest in the Sky: April to May
  • Size Ranking: 42nd
  • Coverage Area: 386 Sq. Degrees
  • Right Acension: 13 hours
  • Declination: 20°
  • Visibility: 90°N to 57°S

 Notable Objects

  • 24 Comae Berenices: Double star
  • Melotte 111: The Coma Star Cluster
  • M53: Globular cluster
  • M64: Blackeye Galaxy
  • M99: Unbarred spiral galaxy
  • M100: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 4565: Spiral galaxy
  • NGC 5053: Globular cluster

 Named Stars

  • Diadem, Alpha Comae Berenices

 Best Viewed Objects/Stars

Alpha M64 (The Black Eye Galaxy)

 A spiral galaxy, visible through a small telescope as an elliptical haze. Larger apertures show a dark cloud of dust silhouetted against the galaxy's center, which gives rise to its popular name.

The Coma Star Cluster (Melotte 111)

 An open cluster, consisting of a scattered group of stars stretching southward in a fan shape from Gamma Comae Berenices, magnitude 4.4, which is not a true member but a foreground star. The cluster lies 260 light-years away.

Coma Berenices

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