Coma Berenices


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Co·ma Ber·e·ni·ces

 (kō′mə bĕr′ə-nī′sēz′)
n.
A constellation in the northern sky near Boötes and Leo that contains a prominent cluster of galaxies and the north pole of the Milky Way. Also called Berenice's Hair.

[New Latin Coma Berenicēs, Berenice's hair : Latin coma, hair + Latin Berenicēs, genitive of Berenicē, Berenice (a queen of Egypt who promised her hair to Venus).]

Coma Berenices

(ˈkəʊmə ˌbɛrɪˈnaɪsiːz)
n, Latin genitive Comae Berenices (ˈkəʊmiː)
(Astronomy) a faint constellation in the N hemisphere between Ursa Major and Boötes containing the Coma Cluster a cluster of approximately 1000 galaxies, at a mean distance of 300 million light years
[from Latin, literally: Berenice's hair, named after Berenice (died 221 bc), consort of Ptolemy III]
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Noun1.Coma Berenices - a constellation in the northern hemisphere between Ursa Major and Bootes; contains a cluster of some 10,000 galaxies
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A constellation ( Coma Berenices ) named in honor of one who sacrificed her hair to save her husband.
NGC 4725 in Coma Berenices is a large spiral galaxy about 40 million light-years distant that has a single spiral arm riddled with pinkish star-forming regions.
This object lies more than one billion light years away in the direction of the constellation Coma Berenices, and is a Seyfert galaxy, characterised by a very bright AGN resulting from the presence of the massive black hole at its nucleus.
The region, located in the direction of the northern constellation of Coma Berenices (Berenice's Hair), covers 180 square degrees of the sky.
But PB 3877, first noticed in 2011 and currently about 18,000 light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices, has been nowhere near that behemoth.
North of the Virgo Galaxy Cluster is the big, loose Coma Berenices Star Cluster.
A little higher in the sky we find the two small constellations of Coma Berenices (which contains the north galactic pole) and Canes Venatici, the former added by Tycho Brahe, and the latter by John Flamsteed.
Virgo is mostly popular for the Super Cluster of Galaxies situated mainly in the northern part of Virgo with the abundance overflowing into the constellation Coma Berenices. The heart of this unique area filled with several galaxies is without doubt the two elliptical star cities NGC 4374 (Messier 84) and NGC 4406 (Messier 86), which are only 15' apart.
How did she convince herself that there would be something gained by drawing the Coma Berenices constellation four times in different shades of graphite?
As Ashbery writes in "Coma Berenices," parodying or collaging traditional American Christmas letters, "All in all, this has been a fairly active and satisfying year, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
Four-and-a-half times farther out, at 288 light-years, lies the Coma Star Cluster in the constellation Coma Berenices. Now we're back to 1730, the year that Charles Messier was born.