Berenice's Hair


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Berenice's Hair

[‚ber·ə′nē·səz ′her]
(astronomy)
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Garrett's gossamers comprise Melotte 111, the huge cluster of stars that diadem Berenice's Hair. Gazing up at a clear dark sky, I can see several of its glittering gems entwined in her tresses, and dozens of stars spring forth through binoculars (S&T: May 2008, page 51).
Its slender profile earned this edge-on spiral the nickname of the Needle Galaxy, while some observers fondly call it Berenice's Hair Clip.
Coma Berenices, or Berenice's Hair, a little cluster of faint stars near the center of this month's northern foldout star map, was named in the 3rd century BC by astronomer Conon of Samos.
Although distracted by Berenice's Hair, Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs) are leashed to the northern sky by Bootes (the Herdsman).
Their appearance is surely what inspired the constellation name Coma Berenices, Berenice's Hair.
Can you make out the tousled locks of Berenice's Hair, which the constellation is supposed to represent?
COMA BERENICES (BERENICE'S Hair) flows high across the evening skies of spring for observers at midnorthern latitudes.
These are just a handful of the deep-sky riches tangled in the strands of Berenice's Hair. With the help of a good star atlas, you'll find many more to while away the hours on these warming nights of spring.
The constellation Coma Berenices, or Berenice's Hair, is a large and fetching group of dim stars that we can easily imagine as the tousled locks of an ancient queen.
Thanks to Conon of Samos, however, you can see Berenice's hair (the constellation Coma Berenices) near the middle of our gatefold map of May's night sky.
The true constellational debut of Coma Berenices occurred in 1551 on cartographer Gerard Mercator's celestial globe, but it took inclusion by Tycho Brahe in the star catalog of 1602 to persuade the astronomical community to make Berenice's Hair permanent.