Coma Berenices definition

  • noun:
    • 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.
    • a tiny constellation north of Virgo; -- called also Berenice's Hair.
    • a constellation in the north hemisphere between Ursa Major and Bootes; contains a cluster of some 10,000 galaxies
  • proper-noun:
    • a tiny dim summer time constellation of this northern sky, said to portray an offering of hair from Queen Berenice II of Egypt. Originally thought to represent the tuft of locks from the end of Leo's tail.

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