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Coma Berenices – Berenice’s Hair

Coma Berenices is one of the 88 constellations within the celestial sphere.

Coma Berenices is one of the 17 constellations that represents a mythological character.

Symbolism: Coma Berenices is also known as ‘Berenice’s Hair’


History & Mythology

Coma Berenices constellation is named after an ancient Egyptian queen called Berenices II. Coma Berenices was once part of constellation Leo until 1536 when German cartographer Caspar Vopel first depicted Coma Berenices as a separate constellation. Coma Berenices is a faint constellation that sits between the more prominent constellations of Bootes & Leo. The constellation has some impressive Deep-Sky Objects.   


Key Data

Bordering Constellations: Coma Berenices is bordered by constellations Bootes, Canes Venatici, Virgo, Ursa Major & Leo.

Sky Chart #: 5.

Star Raking: 42nd largest constellation in the celestial sphere. 

Main Stars: Coma Berenices consists of 3 main stars.

Brightest Star: Beta Comae Berenices.


Kids Fun Facts Corner

# 1. Coma Berenices has 5 stars with planets.

# 2. Coma Berenices has no stars brighter than 4th magnitude.

# 3. Beta Comae Berenices is the brightest star in Coma Berenices.


Q&A Corner

Q. What is Coma Berenices also known as?

Q. How many main stars does Coma Berenices have?

Q. What is the brightest star in Coma Berenices?

Q. How many stars have planets in Coma Berenices?

Q. What number star ranking is Coma Berenices in the celestial sphere?

Download questions about the Coma Berenices Constellation here: Coma Berenices (answers are on this page)

Teachers. For more in depth work sheets on constellations. Click on Kidskonnect Worksheets  

  For further reading and more information on the Coma Berenices Constellation visit

  Key Vocabulary Constellation. Star. Celestial. Sphere.


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