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Coma Berenices is a traditional asterism that has since been defined as one of the 88 modern constellations. It is located near Leo, to which it formerly belonged and accommodates the North Galactic Pole. Its name means "Berenice's Hair", and refers to the legend of Queen Berenice II of Egypt, who sacrificed her long hair.
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The Coma Berenicid Meteors will peak on January 18th/19th, 2010 The shower radiant is very close to the naked eye Coma cluster, 13h30m RA, +12 degrees Dec.

The Coma Berenicid Meteor Shower is active this year from December 12, 2009 through January 23, 2010. The Coma Berencids enter Earth's atmosphere at just over 65km per second - or 144,000 miles per hour - which is almost as swift as the showy Leonids that shower over
Earth every thirty-three years in November at the rate of 160,000mph.
Their radiant lies just north of the star Denebola (Beta Leonis) in the eastern portion of the constellation Leo that later became known as the asterism (pattern of stars) Coma Berenices. This asterism eventually came to be considered as one of the eight modern constellations.

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The Coma Berenicid Meteors will peak on January 18th, 2006 The shower radiant is very close to the naked eye Coma cluster, 13h30m RA, +12 degrees Dec.
The meteor shower rises about 10 p.m. and is directly overhead at pre-dawn. The meteors are fast 65 km/s but sparse. A gibbous moon will interfere with the meteor shower, early on the morning of January 18.
The critical period for watchers is between January 20-27 inclusive, perhaps with a maximum around January 24.
Expect around 4 meteors per hour.

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