Coma Berenices


Co·​ma Ber·​e·​ni·​ces ˈkō-mə-ˌber-ə-ˈnī-(ˌ)sēz How to pronounce Coma Berenices (audio)
: a constellation north of Virgo and between Boötes and Leo

Examples of Coma Berenices in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The solar system in the new study is located in the constellation Coma Berenices, and its star has a radius and mass about 80 percent that of our sun. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Dec. 2023 This one is 100 light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices. CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 The system is also located in the constellation Coma Berenices. Greg Wehner, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2023 The brightest star in Coma Berenices is the middle star, Beta Comae Berenices, 30 light-years from the solar system. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Look for it through an 8-inch or larger scope by focusing on the constellation Coma Berenices. Michael D'estries, Treehugger, 1 May 2023 To find Coma Berenices and the Coma star cluster, first find Leo, on the right in the star chart above. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 9 Apr. 2021 The lensing galaxy cluster, known as SDSS J1226+2149, lies at a distance of around 6.3 billion light-years from Earth in the constellation Coma Berenices. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 Mar. 2023 The brightest star in Coma Berenices is Beta Comae Berenices, the middle star, which is a mere 30 light years distant. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Latin (genitive Comae Berenices), literally, Berenice's hair

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Coma Berenices was in 1616

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“Coma Berenices.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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