The region, located in the direction of the northern constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair
), covers 180 square degrees of the sky.
Denebola marks the tail of Leo, though the tuft used to be the big loose cluster of Coma Berenices, Berenice's Hair
. And Alphecca, also known as Gemma, is indeed the brightest gem in the semicircle of the Northern Crown.
But in ancient times the tuft of Leo's tail was farther east, formed by a dim, sprawling star cluster dimly visible to the naked eye: the Coma Berenices Star Cluster, now in the constellation Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair
is a 30,000 galaxy constellation near Leo.
It's a very broad church which can include both the cheerful comic-book kitsch of Zara Merrick's Queen Berenice's Hair
and the cool intellectual elegance of Sarah Burgess's Pulling On, Slipping Off, a hanging on which thread is used to create a delicate drawing of a pair of hands putting on and taking off a transparent red glove.
This is the Coma Berenices Star Cluster, which makes up most of the constellation Coma Berenices, Berenice's Hair
. It fills a binocular's field of view.
Se rvis s cites this nursery rhyme in his book Astronomy with an Opera-Glass when describing the constellation Coma Berenices, Berenice's Hair
. He writes, "Nearly on a line between Denebola and Arcturus, and somewhat nearer to the former, you will perceive a curious twinkling, as if gossamers spangled with dew-drops were entangled there.
Many people have seen Melotte 111, but few know it by that name and fewer realize that it's a true star cluster: the sprinkling of faint stars that forms the constellation Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair
Peepers were peeping in our pond, whippoorwills calling in the woods--as the ghostly silver needle in Berenice's Hair
drifted across the eyepiece view.
Commentaries on the constellations often assert Scutum is the only constellation of political patronage still recognized, but Coma Berenices, or Berenice's Hair
, also qualifies as a royal heavenly reward (S&T: May 1998, page 80).
Ever since, the constellation has been called Coma Berenices, Berenice's Hair