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Coma Berenices

[koh-muh ber-uh-nahy-seez] /ˈkoʊ mə ˌbɛr əˈnaɪ siz/
noun, genitive Comae Berenices
[koh-mee ber-uh-nahy-seez] /ˈkoʊ mi ˌbɛr əˈnaɪ siz/ (Show IPA).
Berenice's Hair, a northern constellation situated north of Virgo and between Boötes and Leo.
Origin of Coma Berenices
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Coma Berenices

/ˈkəʊmə ˌbɛrɪˈnaɪsiːz/
noun (Latin genitive) Comae Berenices (ˈkəʊmiː)
a faint constellation in the N hemisphere between Ursa Major and Boötes containing the Coma Cluster a cluster of approximately 1000 galaxies, at a mean distance of 300 million light years
Word Origin
from Latin, literally: Berenice's hair, named after Berenice (died 221 bc), consort of Ptolemy III
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