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Coma Berenices Constellation

Coma Berenices (Pronounciation:Co-ma Bare-en-ees, Abbrev:Com, Latin:Comae Berenices) is a constellation, one of 88 constellations that the night sky is divided into. The sky is not divided up equally between the constellations. Coma Berenices takes up 386.475 sq. degrees of the night sky which equates to 0.94% of the night sky. The constellation gets its name as it name means Berenices Hair .

Coma Berenices is not a member of the Zodiac group of twelve constellations that appear when the Sun sets. Coma Berenices is a northern hemispheric constellation which means it can't be seen easily or at all from the southern hemisphere.

The brightest star in Coma Berenices is Beta Comae Berenices. There are 6 Extrasolar Planets (Exoplanets) in this constellation that are detailed on this site.

Coma Berenices Star and Deep Space Object Count

The number of stars that have been catalogued as part of the Hipparcos Star Catalogue from Coma Berenices is 1076. The number of stars that are of magnitude 6.0 or lower in the constellation is 38. The number of stars in the constellation that make up the outline is 3.

There are 8 deep space objects that were identified by Charles Messier in this constellation. There are no non-Messier deep space objects in this constellation that are covered at present on this site.

Stars of Interest

The nearest star to Earth is HIP 63721 which is roughly about 15.06 Light Years from the Earth. The nearest star to the Earth with an exoplanet is HD 107146 which is about 89.56 Light Years. The furthest star that can be located in the constellation is HIP 65527 which is located about 326163 Light Years away from the Sun. The furthest figure is derived from either the 1997 or 2007 Hipparcos star catalogue parallax figure and it has been known to produce distances that are wrong.

The dimmest star that can be seen in Coma Berenices with the naked eye is 39 Comae Berenices. The dim star has an apparent magnitude of 6. The dimmest star that a person is able to see with their naked eye is 6.0 magnitude based on the table in the reference. Ref: University of Michigan

The caveat of these stars are that they are catalogued on this site. If you know of a star that is nearer or further then do let me know in the comments and I'll add it to the site. The stars mentioned are from the Hipparcos catalogue or have been added because of their special status.

Legend of the Constellation

Although it was known for centuries since Ptolemy, it was believed to be the tail of Leo or part of Virgo. Tycho Brahe is credited with making it a distinct, independent constellation.

Meteor Showers

There are 13 Meteor Showers that occur during the year within this constellation based on information gathered from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland). The ones listed as the ones I've been able to find a date range for. For others if you have the time, you can visit the AMU site, obtains the SL value then use IMO tables to calculate the date. A lot of the Meteor Showers are weak and you need to do a lot of stargazing to spot them.

NameActivityPeak ActivityClosest Star
Coma BerenicidsDec 8-Jan 23Dec. 18-Jan. 6

Coma Berenices Facts


NameComa Berenices
AbbreviationCom
Is a Zodiac Sign No
Brightest StarBeta Comae Berenices
Area386.475 sq. deg.
Percentage of Night Sky0.94%
Size Position42nd
Hemisphere Northern
Site Exoplanet Count6
Meteor Shower Count13
Nearest StarHIP 63721
Nearest Star with Exoplanet(s)HD 107146
Dimmest Star39 Comae Berenices
Furthest StarHIP 65527
Bright Star Count38
Hipparcos Star Count1076
Main Star Count3
Messier Deep Space Object Count8
*Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count0
Bordering / Neighbouring / Surrounding ConstellationsBootes
Serpens
Hercules

*Note: The number of Non-Messier Deep Space Object Count relates to how many are covered on this site not how many there are.


Coma Berenices Constellation Map


Coma Berenices Constellation Star Map

The map was generated using Night Vision, an awesome free application by Brian Simpson.

List of Stars with Exoplanets in Coma Berenices


StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)Exoplanet CountDeclinationRight Ascension
HD 10714689.561+16d 32` 55.212h 19m 06.61
HD 108863454.271+21d 56` 54.012h 30m 19.96
HD 108874204.242+22d 52` 48.212h 30m 26.80
HD 114762126.081+17d 31` 01.713h 12m 20.10
HD 116029401.681+24d 38` 55.813h 20m 39.55

List of Named Stars in Coma Berenices without Extrasolar Planets

As there's so many stars in the cosmos, not all the stars are listed here. The site has lots of stars not listed so if your star isn't listed and you know the Henry Draper or Hipparcos ID, type https://www.universeguide.com/star/ then followed by the HIPNNNNNN or HDNNNN where NNNNN is the number part of the name. The stars that I do list have either a traditional name, a bayer or other classification name.

StarDistance (Lt. Yrs.)DeclinationRight Ascension
1 Comae Berenices505.68+22d 05` 39.612h 01m 44.30
10 Comae Berenices351.09+28d 27` 51.812h 19m 50.63
11 Comae Berenices289.92+17d 47` 33.612h 20m 43.09
12 Comae Berenices294.64+25d 50` 46.312h 22m 30.32
13 Comae Berenices264.53+26d 05` 55.012h 24m 18.54
14 Comae Berenices275.94+27d 16` 05.712h 26m 24.07
16 Comae Berenices277.82+26d 49` 32.612h 26m 59.30
17 Comae Berenices223.09+25d 53` 57.712h 28m 44.58
17 Comae Berenices B237.73+25d 54` 46.412h 28m 54.72
18 Comae Berenices200.96+24d 06` 32.112h 29m 27.05
2 Comae Berenices329.46+21d 27` 33.012h 04m 16.58
20 Comae Berenices274.09+20d 53` 46.312h 29m 43.22
21 Comae Berenices269.78+24d 34` 01.912h 31m 00.57
22 Comae Berenices290.44+24d 16` 58.812h 33m 34.23
23 Comae Berenices310.04+22d 37` 45.112h 34m 51.12
24 Comae Berenices450.50+18d 22` 37.212h 35m 07.76
24 Comae Berenices B169.08+18d 22` 37.312h 35m 06.35
25 Comae Berenices634.56+17d 05` 22.512h 36m 58.35
26 Comae Berenices273.40+21d 03` 45.312h 39m 07.36
27 Comae Berenices339.75+16d 34` 39.512h 46m 38.75
28 Comae Berenices410.27+13d 33` 11.212h 48m 14.36
29 Comae Berenices399.22+14d 07` 21.512h 48m 54.20
3 Comae Berenices731.31+16d 48` 33.412h 10m 31.64
30 Comae Berenices303.13+27d 33` 08.412h 49m 17.51
31 Comae Berenices290.70+27d 32` 26.612h 51m 41.93
32 Comae Berenices1953.07+17d 04` 26.212h 52m 12.26
33 Comae Berenices406.18+17d 06` 30.512h 52m 22.84
35 Comae Berenices283.13+21d 14` 42.112h 53m 17.77
36 Comae Berenices324.22+17d 24` 33.712h 58m 55.47
37 Comae Berenices660.25+30d 47` 06.113h 00m 16.49
38 Comae Berenices406.69+17d 07` 23.513h 01m 09.62
39 Comae Berenices162.03+21d 09` 12.613h 06m 21.28
4 Comae Berenices886.31+25d 52` 13.312h 11m 51.20
41 Comae Berenices331.47+27d 37` 29.713h 07m 10.71
5 Comae Berenices425.25+20d 32` 31.612h 12m 09.30
6 Comae Berenices198.64+14d 53` 56.912h 16m 00.23
7 Comae Berenices249.36+23d 56` 43.512h 16m 20.56
8 Comae Berenices279.49+23d 02` 04.912h 19m 19.20
9 Comae Berenices177.65+28d 09` 26.012h 19m 29.66
Beta Comae Berenices29.78+27d 52` 33.713h 11m 52.92
Diadem58.14+17d 31` 44.813h 09m 59.55
FK Comae Berenices547.25+24d 13` 57.913h 30m 46.84
FM Comae Berenices279.49+26d 00` 30.112h 19m 02.03
FS Comae Berenices736.26+22d 36` 58.613h 06m 22.58
Gamma Comae Berenices167.26+28d 16` 07.012h 26m 56.33
IL Comae Berenices310.34+25d 33` 38.512h 25m 02.26
IN Comae Berenices2695.56+25d 53` 30.612h 55m 33.76
KR Comae Berenices273.86+17d 45` 57.713h 20m 15.78
LW Comae Berenices55.23+24d 50` 25.712h 48m 47.26



Objects of Interest (Galaxies, Nebulas, Supernovas, etc) in Coma Berenices


NameTypeDistanceDeclinationRight Ascension
BlackEye GalaxySpiral Galaxy22.000-26.000+21:4112h 56m 7
M100 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy55000+15:4912h 22m 9
M53 Globular ClusterGlobular Cluster58+18:1013h 12m 9
M85 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy56.000-64.000+18:1112h 25m 4
M88 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy39.000-56.000+14:2512h 32m 0
M91 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy47.000-79.000+14:3012h 35m 4
M98 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy44400+14:5412h 13m 8
M99 Spiral GalaxySpiral Galaxy44.700-55.700+14:2512h 18m 8

Coma Berenices Constellation's Star Breakdown


Type Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
FYellow-White 6,000 - 7,500k331
KLight Orange Star 3,700 - 5,200k316
GYellow 5,200 - 6,000k283
AWhite 7,500 - 10,000k79
MRed Dwarf Star <3,700k31
BBlue-White 10,500 - 30,000k3
OBlue Star >33,000k1

Size Breakdown


TypeDescriptionCount
VMain Sequence201
IIINormal Giant139
IVSubgiant34
IIBright Giant5

Breakdown of Dwarf Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
sdsd Type SubDwarf Star2

Breakdown of Carbon Stars by Type


TypeDescriptionCount
SS-Type Carbon Star2
RR-Type Carbon Star1


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