Coma Berenices (The Berenice's Hair)
Coma Berenices (pronounced ˈkoʊmə bɛrəˈnaɪsiːz) is the Latin name of a constellation situated close to the celestial equator. As such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.
In English language this constellation is also known as "The Berenice's hair" while in astronomical texts and literature this constellation is often abbreviated as "Com" (according to the standard of the International Astronomical Union - IAU) or as "Coma" (according to a naming convention used by NASA).
The Latin genitive of the constellation name is "Comae Berenices" (pronounced ˈkoʊmiː bɛrəˈnaɪsiːz) and it is used to identify some of the brightest stars in this constellation based on the Bayer or Flamsteed star naming convention. For instance: α Comae Berenices (the brightest star of Coma Berenices based on the Bayer catalog); or 23 Comae Berenices (the 23th star in the constellation of Coma Berenices based on the Flamsteed catalog).
Sky chart of Coma Berenices from your location
Here we provide a simplified sky chart of the Coma Berenices constellation. Alternatively it is possible to locate Coma Berenices in the night sky using our Online Interactive Planetarium.
Visibility of Coma Berenices from your location
The rise and set times provided here are just directional indications and they refer to a point approximately placed at the center of the constellation. In case of very large constellations these times can have little relevance.
Top bright stars in Coma Berenices
The table below lists the top 20 brightest stars in the Coma Berenices constellation. See also the complete list of 70 stars brighter than magnitude 6.5 (approximate) in the constellation of Coma Berenices. Click on each star to see more details about it.
|HR Number(*)||Star designation||Proper name||Visual magnitude||Color||Notes|
|HR4983||β Comae Berenices||4.26||⬤||Double;|
|HR4737||γ Comae Berenices||4.36||⬤|
|HR4697||11 Comae Berenices||4.74||⬤||Double;|
|HR4920||36 Comae Berenices||4.78||⬤||Variable;|
|HR4954||41 Comae Berenices||4.8||⬤|
|HR4707||12 Comae Berenices||4.81||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR4789||23 Comae Berenices||4.81||⬤||Double;|
|HR4894||35 Comae Berenices||4.9||⬤||Multiple;|
|HR4924||37 Comae Berenices||4.9||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR4883||31 Comae Berenices||4.94||⬤||Variable;|
|HR4733||14 Comae Berenices||4.95||⬤|
|HR4667||7 Comae Berenices||4.95||⬤|
|HR4738||16 Comae Berenices||5||⬤|
|HR4792||24 Comae Berenices||5.02||⬤||Variable; Double;|
|HR4663||6 Comae Berenices||5.1||⬤|
|HR4851||27 Comae Berenices||5.12||⬤|
|HR4717||13 Comae Berenices||5.18||⬤||Variable;|
|HR4969||α Comae Berenices||5.22||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|HR4968||α Comae Berenices||Diadem||5.22||⬤||Variable; Multiple;|
|...go to the complete list of 70 bright stars in the constellation of Coma Berenices|
(*) HR stands for Harvard Revised Bright Star Catalogue, which is also known as the Yale Catalogue of Bright Stars.
Top deep sky objects in Coma Berenices
The table below lists the 20 brightest deep sky objects in the Coma Berenices constellation. See also the complete list of 1019 deep sky objects in the constellation of Coma Berenices. The list includes objects from the Messier, New General Catalogue (NGC) and Index Catalogue (IC).