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  Coma Berenices - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FK Comae Berenices, which varies between magnitudes 8.14m and 8.33m over a period of 2.4 days, is the prototype for the FK Comae class of variable stars.
The Coma Berenices Cluster does not have a Messier or an NGC designation, but it is in the Melotte catalogue of open clusters, where it is designated Melotte 111 (Mel 111).
The Coma cluster of galaxies is to the north of the Virgo cluster.
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 COMA BERENICES - LoveToKnow Article on COMA BERENICES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
(BERENIcES HAIR), in astronomy, a constellation of the northern hemisphere; it was first mentioned by Callimachus, and Eratosthenes (3rd century B.c.), but is not included in the 48 asterisms of Ptolemy.
It is said to have been named by Conon, in order to console Berenice, queen of Ptolemy Euergetes, for the loss of a lock of her hair, which had been stolen from a temple to Venus.
The most interesting member of this group is 24 Comae, a fine, wide double star, consisting of an orange star of magnitude 51/2, and a blue star, magnitude 7.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /C/CO/COMA_BERENICES.htm   (129 words)

 Coma Berenices
The constellation Coma Berenices refers to a classical story concerning the hair of Berenice, the wife of Ptolemy III of Egypt.
Beta Comae is actually the brightest star in the constellation, and certainly the closest at 27 light years.
R Comae is a long-period variable with period of 362.82 days, and range of 7.1 to 14.6.
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 Coma Berenices
Coma Berenices is one of the few constellations to be connected with a real person, Queen Berenice of Egypt.
Berenice was very proud of the beauty of her hair.
Berenice fulfilled her vow and sheared her locks, depositing her tresses in the temple at Zephyrium, which was dedicated to her mother Arsinoe.
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Coma Berenices is surrounded by the constellations of Canes Venatici (the Hunting Dogs) to the north, Virgo (the Virgin) to the south, Leo (the Lion) on the west border and Bootes on the east border.
It is an eclipsing binary with the companion having a magnitude of 5.
The Coma Berenices cluster of galaxies is at a distance of about 90 Mpc and has an angular diameter of about 4 degrees on the celestial sphere as observed from Earth (corresponding to a physical diameter of ~ 6 Mpc).
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 coma --¬† Encyclop√¶dia Britannica
Coma may accompany a number of metabolic disorders or physical injuries to the brain from disease or trauma.
Coma is usually caused by a widespread injury to either side of the brain or to the upper brain stem.
Outwardly, sleep resembles coma and hibernation, but it is much easier to awaken a person from sleep than it is to arouse a person from a coma or to awaken an animal from its hibernation.
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 Coma Berenice star cluster
The ancient city of Berenice, named after Berenice II by her husband Ptolemy, is still in existence as Benghasi in present-day Libya.
The constellation of Coma Berenices is centered between Bootes, Leo, Canes Venatici and Virgo.
The Coma Berenices Star Cluster is a large open cluster, covering an area of 5 degrees.
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 Constellations - Coma Berenices
In the work by anonymous author from the year 379 Coma Berenices is shown as " Leo's braids".
Bayer (1603) represents it as a sheaf of corn under the tail of the Greater Bear-Ursa Major (Alkaid, Mizar e Alioth), between Arcturus and the Lion's tail (Denebola).
The small stars of Coma justify the fact that this asterism belongs to the catalogue of "passional" stars, stars of passion (the brightest one is gamma, magnitude 4.36, all the other have the fifth magnitude); this star-cluster renders this zone "harmful to the sight".
www.cieloeterra.it /eng/eng.strumenti/azemena/azemena4.html   (113 words)

 COMA BERENICES   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The constellation recalls the real story of Queen Berenice, wife of Ptolemy III, King of Egypt (about 250 B.C.), who placed her beautiful hair on the altar as an offering for a happy return of her husband from the war.
However, the hair disappeared from the temple and it was the court astronomer, Conon, who quenched the threatening scandal by "discovering" that the gods liked the offering so much that they put the hair in the sky in the form of a constellation.
Outside the range of hobby telescopes is the cluster of galaxies in Berenice's Hair situated at a distance of some 300 to 400 million light-years and comprising over 1,000 galaxies.
www.avastronomyclub.org /const/com.htm   (284 words)

 Coma Berenices, a June Constellation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This faint constellation represents the flowing lock of Queen Berenice of Egypt, who cut off her hair in gratitude to the gods for the safe return of her husband Ptolemy Euergetes from battle.
Coma Berenices rises to be between 15° and 25° above the northern horizon as seen from the south of New Zealand, latitude 46° south and about 10° higher as seen from the latitude of Auckland.
In the morning sky, Coma Berenices first becomes visible towards the end of December when it will be low to the northeast as the sky begins to brighten at the start of morning twilight.
www.faster.co.nz /~rasnz/Stars/ComaB.htm   (653 words)

 Coma Berenices
Coma Berenice, Berenice's Hair, is a constellation that consists of a multitude of stars, several clusters, nebulae and galaxies.
The constellation, Coma Berenices, refers to a classical story concerning the hair of Berenice, the wife of Ptolemy Soter III of Egypt.
The nation rejoiced but when Berenice told Ptolemy about her promise to sacrifice her hair, Ptolemy was very upset because it was the crowning glory of his queen; it was looked after with loving care by Berenice's ladies-in-waiting, it had the admiration of the nation, and it gave inspiration to the poets.
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 Coma Berenices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
To the south of gamma Comae Berenices there is the Coma open cluster, a small group of about thirty stars disposed like a V, visible to binoculars.
Berenices was the wife of the Pharaoh Ptolemy III Evergetes, who lived in the III century before Christ: few days after the wedding, Egypt came into the war and Ptolemy had to depart at the head of his troops.
Berenices made a vow: she would have cut her hairs in sign of thanks to the gods, if her husband had returned healthy.
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 Chandra :: Field Guide to X-ray Sources :: Coma Cluster
The Coma Galaxy Cluster, listed as Abell 1656, is a regular cluster more than 350 million light years away from Earth in the constellation of Coma Berenices, near the north galactic pole.
Coma is nearly spherical and has a one-megaparsec diameter consisting mainly of elliptical and highly-flattened eliptical galaxies.
Like other galaxy clusters, Coma's center consists of a diffuse cloud of hot gas which emits X-rays and is held by the cluster's gravity.
chandra.harvard.edu /xray_sources/coma   (139 words)

 Coma Berenices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Queen Berenice was a great horsewoman who had distinguished herself in battle.
In the tradition of the Egyptian royal family, Berenice married her brother, Ptolemy.
Berenice vowed that if Ptolemy returned victorious she would cut off her hair in gratitude to the gods.
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 SPACE.com -- The Queen's Hair: Tale of an Odd Constellation Called Coma Berenices
Berenice II was an Egyptian Queen, the wife of Ptolemy Euergenes (also known as Ptolemy III), the king of Egypt, who reigned around 250 BC.
The story goes that Berenice sacrificed her beautiful amber tresses and placed them in the temple of Aphrodite at Zephyrium as she vowed to do if her husband returned victorious from his war against Syria.
Indeed, in various star maps of the late Middle Ages the cluster was identified as a rose-wreath or ivy-wreath, and occasionally as a Sheaf of Wheat held in the hands of the nearby constellation Virgo.
www.space.com /spacewatch/coma_berenices_020419.html   (922 words)

 Constellation Coma Berenices
In ancient Egypt, one story has it that an Egyptian Queen of the third century B.C., named Berenice, was grief-stricken when her husband went off to war.
Berenice's husband longed to see his wife's beautiful hair again and visited the temple.
So pleased were the gods with Berenice's sacrifice that they place her hair in the sky for all to admire.
www.coldwater.k12.mi.us /lms/planetarium/myth/ComaBerenices.html   (196 words)

 Coma Berenices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Coma Berenices star cluster, like the Hyades, is a group of stars physically close together in space.
Sparser and looser than most clusters, the Coma Berenices group may be slowly dispersing.
Traveling 130 light years takes us halfway to the cluster, which is in the left-center part of the image; the cluster itself begins to show depth as we approach.
www.astronexus.com /3duniv/anim-pages/3d-coma.php   (61 words)

 * M53 - (Astronomy): Definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This impresive globular cluster in Coma Berenices was discovered by Bode in 1775.
M53 can be easily found just 1 deg NE of the 4th-mag star, 42 Alpha Comae Berenices, a visual binary star (A: 5.05, B: 5.08, both of spectral type F5V)...
A distant globular cluster can be found within the Coma Berenices constellation.
www.bestknows.com /astronomy/m53.html   (216 words)

 Hawaiian Astronomical Society - Coma Berenices
Queen Berenice was the wife of King Ptolemy III Euergetes (Benefactor) of Egypt.
War raged between the Egyptians and the Seleucids, and as the leader of the country, Ptolemy himself lead his troops in battle (he was avenging the death of his sister).
Berenice (meaning "bringer of victory" in Greek) was deeply concerned for her husband's safety, and prayed every day for his return.
www.hawastsoc.org /deepsky/com   (1623 words)

 The Stellar Guide: Coma Berenices
Coma Berenices represents the hair of Queen Berenice of Egypt.
He did and she cut off her hair and placed it on the Altar in the temple of Venus.
The locks were stolen and placed among the stars; some say Venus herself was the thief, while others think it was just an astronomer named Conon, who made up the whole story in order to comfort Berenice when she heard of the theft.
www.botproductions.com /stellar/coma_berenices.html   (156 words)

 The Virgo and Coma Rich Clusters   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Members of some of the closest can be seen with a small telescope in the constellations Virgo (left image below; Ref) and Coma Berenices (right image below; Ref).
The nearest regular rich cluster lies approximately 15 degrees north of the Virgo Cluster in the constellation Coma Berenices.
The Coma Cluster is at a distance of about 90 Mpc and has an angular diameter of about 4 degrees on the celestial sphere as observed from Earth (corresponding to a physical diameter of ~ 6 Mpc).
csep10.phys.utk.edu /astr162/lect/gclusters/virgo-coma.html   (289 words)

 Constellation Coma Berenices
Coma Berenices is sandwiched between the Hunting Dogs, Canes Venatici to the north, Virgo to the south, Leo on the west border and Bootes on the east border.
The story goes that when the King went to war Berenice promised her hair to Aphrodite, the greek Goddess of Love, if her husbend returns savely and victorious.
After the kings return Berenice kept her promise though the loss was hard.
www.seds.org /Maps/Stars_en/Fig/comaberenices.html   (413 words)

 Peoria Astronomical Society - Learning Topics-Coma Berenices (Bernice's Hair)
Coma Berenices, Bernice's Hair, is visible in the northern hemisphere in spring and summer and may be found between Virgo and Ursa Major.
Bernice's Hair, is the hair of Queen Berenice of Egypt, which became a constellation around 230 B.C.E. When her husband (and brother) Ptolemy Euergetes went off to war, she offered her hair as a sacrifice to the gods, if they would grant him a safe return.
M-99, although situated in constellation Coma Berenices, is one of the bright spiral members of the Virgo Cluster of galaxies.
www.astronomical.org /portal/modules/wfsection/article.php?articleid=25   (601 words)

 The Constellation of Coma Berenices : Starshine.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Berenice, who was proud if her beautiful long golden hair, vowed to sacrifice her "amber tresses" if he returned victorious.
When he did, Berenice, cut off her hair, and placed it in the temple of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty.
To save the situation, and the lives of the temple priests, Conon the court astronomer, announced that Berenice’s gift had received such favor that Aphrodite had taken the hair and placed it in the sky for all to admire.
www.starshine.com /frankn/astronomy/constellations.asp?Constell=COM   (130 words)

 * Diadem - (Astronomy): Definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Not quite the brightest star in Coma Berenices (Berenices Hair), the Alpha star just loses out to.
The prominent portion of Coma Berenices is the beautiful...
History of the star: Diadem refers to the wreath of jewels in Berenice's hair, Coma Berenices.
www.bestknows.com /astronomy/diadem.html   (142 words)

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