The Little Lion

Coma Berenices Comae Berenices (Com)

WIDTH mm DEPTH mm SIZE RANKING 42"d fULLY VISIBLE 90°n-56°s

Coma Berenices is a faint but nonetheless interesting northern constellation, between Leo and Bootes. It represents the flowing locks of Queen Berenice of Egypt, which she cut off as a tribute to the gods for the safe return of her husband from battle. Coma Berenices was made into a separate constellation in the mid-16th century by the Dutch cartographer Gerardus Mercator. Before then, its stars were regarded as forming the tail of Leo. Numerous galaxies inhabit the I southern part of the constellation, most of them members of the Virgo Cluster, such as M85, M88, M99, and M100.

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