from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
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- proper n. A small dim summer constellation of the northern sky, said to represent an offering of hair from Queen Berenice II of Egypt. Originally considered to represent the tuft of hair on the end of Leo's tail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a small constellation north of Virgo; -- called also Berenice's Hair.
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- n. a constellation in the northern hemisphere between Ursa Major and Bootes; contains a cluster of some 10,000 galaxies
However, you can even the odds out a bit by watching the general area around the constellation of Coma Berenices.
It lay along an edge of the constellation Coma Berenices and was about twenty million light-years distant, which meant that what Mott was seeing in 1961 was what the galaxy had looked like 2 x 107 years ago, and it awed him to realize that in the multiplex of years since that moment, the galaxy could have modified totally, or moved into conflict with another galaxy, or vanished altogether.
The enemy had been detected; coming in, as the previous Black Fleet had come, from the direction of Coma Berenices.
Canes Venatici and Coma Berenices, and at the south galactic pole (in the two F-squares): --
The nebula in Coma Berenices is a spiral edge-on to us, and we see that it has precisely the lens-shaped middle and the general flattened shape that we have found in our own system.
Way (see Fig. 22) would give very much the mottled appearance we notice in the arms (which we see edge-on) of the nebula in Coma Berenices.
The modern reader will not find much to interest him in the _Coma Berenices_, abounding as it does in mythological allusions.
The stratum of Coma Berenices he judged to be the nearest to our system of such layers; nor did the marked aggregation of nebulæ towards both poles of the circle of the
Coma Berenices is a beautiful cluster of faint stars.
The Hair of Queen Berenice (_Coma Berenices_) is nearly due east, and fairly high.
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