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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Posts Tagged ‘Berenice’s Hair’

Sky Tonight—April 27, Leo loses his tail. We gain a

Sky Tonight—April 27, Leo loses his tail. We gain a constellation.

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Tonight’s chart again shows the evening sky high to the south. To the upper left of the constellation Leo the Lion are dozens of very faint stars. They make up the constellation Coma Berenices, otherwise known as Berenice’s Hair. The Greek-Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy and others considered it the tuft at the end of Leo the Lion’s tail. Coma Berenices remained part of Leo until a few hundred years ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 28, Tangle of stars in

Sky Tonight—March 28, Tangle of stars in Berenice’s Hair

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org What we are about to describe requires a dark sky to be seen: a faraway cluster of stars known as Coma Berenices. How can you spot it? One way is to use the famous constellation Leo the Lion, now in the east each evening. Leo is relatively easy to see. The front part of the Lion looks like a backwards question mark, and the back part is a little triangle, which includes the star Denebola, marked on today’s ... Full Story

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