Coma Berenices

Coma Berenices is a Northern Hemisphere constellation otherwise known as the Berenice's Hair. Originally part of Leo, Caspar Vopel gave it constellation status in 1536 and it also appeared in Johann Bayer's Uranometria (Wikipedia) in 1603. Coma Berenices remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union (Wikipedia).

Coma Berenices (abbrev. = Com; genitive = Comae Berenices) covers 386 square degrees or 0.94% of the celestial sphere making it the 42nd largest constellation. It contains 66 stars brighter than apparent magnitude 6.5, the brightest star being Beta Comae Berenices. See the Coma Berenices Star Chart for a figure illustrating this constellation including the identification of its brighter stars.

For more information see the entries for Coma Berenices at Wikipedia and U. Wisconsin. For a chart of Coma Berenices, see Com (IAU).

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