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Coma Berenices(be-rĕ-nÿ -seez) (Berenice's Hair) An inconspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere near Boötes, the brightest stars being of 4th magnitude. The north galactic pole lies in this constellation, which contains a huge cluster of faint galaxies, the very distant Coma cluster. Part of a less remote collection of galaxies, the Virgo cluster, is also contained in this constellation. Other objects of interest include the globular cluster M53 (NGC 5024) and the so-called Blackeye Galaxy M64 (NGC 4826), a spiral galaxy whose center is completely obscured by an enormous dark nebula. NGC 4565 is a very faint spiral galaxy seen edge-on. Abbrev.: Com; genitive form: Comae Berenices; approx. position: RA 12.5h, dec +20°; area: 386 sq deg.
a constellation in the northern sky. The brightest star in the constellation has a visual stellar magnitude of 4.4. The north galactic pole is located within the boundaries of this constellation. The most favorable conditions for visibility are in March and April. Coma Berenices can be seen from all parts of the USSR.