Coma Berenices, (aka Berenice’s Hair) is a faint triangular constellation found below Ursa Major, the Great Bear and between Bootes, the Herdsman, and Leo, the Lion. It’s a difficult constellation to spot but is a treasure trove for astronomers with telescopes as it contains a multitude of galaxies. Can you spot it? You’ll need clear, dark skies and patience to succeed.
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Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
The constellation Coma Berenice (Berenice’s Hair) culminates at midnight tonight. (Naked eye, all night. See image above.)
The elliptical galaxies M59 and M60 culminate at midnight tonight. (M59: magnitude 10.6. M60: magnitude 9.8. Virgo, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.
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Learn more about upcoming astronomical events in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle Edition) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle Edition and Paperback Edition) and 2016 An Astronomical Year (North American Kindle Edition.)
The Amateur Astronomer’s Notebook allows astronomers to log 150 observing sessions and includes an appendix of hundreds of suggested deep sky objects.
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