The story of Coma Berenices, “Berenices Hair” involves real historical people. In the third century B.C. Ptolemy III Euergetes of Egypt was heading out to battle the Assyrians. His wife, Queen Berenices II, promised to sacrifice her long, beautiful hair to Aphrodite if her husband returned safely. He did.
Berenice cut her hair off and placed it in the temple, as promised. The next day the hair was missing from the temple, enraging the king. He was about to have the temple guards put to death when the court astronomer pointed out a group of stars, saying that Aphrodite was so happy with the gift that she put Berenice’s tresses in the sky.
Coma Berenices Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting Objects in the Constellation Coma Berenices
Barred Spiral Galaxy
Bright Stars in Coma Berenices
Thee are no stars in Coma Berenices with a magnitude of 3.0 or brighter.