Coma Star Cluster
|Coma Star Cluster|
Melotte 111, taken from a rural location in Derbyshire, England, in March 2003.
|Observation data (J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||12h 22.5m|
|Distance||280 ly (86 pc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||+1.8|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||7.5° |
|Other designations||Melotte 111, Coma Ber Cluster, OCl 558.0|
Not to be confused with the Coma cluster of galaxies.
The Coma Star Cluster in Coma Berenices, designated Melotte 111 after its entry in the catalogue of deep sky objects by P. J. Melotte, is a small but nearby star cluster in our galaxy, containing about 40 brighter stars (magnitude 5 to 10) with a common proper motion. The Hipparcos satellite and infrared color-magnitude diagram fitting have been used to establish a distance to the cluster's center of ~86 pc. The distance established via the independent analyses agree, thereby making the cluster an important rung on the cosmic distance ladder. The open cluster is roughly twice as distant as the Hyades and covers an area of more than 7.5 degrees on the sky. The cluster is approximately 450 million years old. In the FOV of a good field glass most of its stars can be seen simultaneously. The brighter stars of the cluster make out a distinctive "V" shape as seen when Coma Berenices is rising.
- WEBDA open cluster database webpage on Coma Ber cluster - E. Pauzen (Univ. Vienna)
See also 
- "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for Coma Star Cluster. Retrieved 2006-11-28.
- van Leeuwen, F. "Parallaxes and proper motions for 20 open clusters as based on the new Hipparcos catalogue", A&A, 2009
- Majaess, D.; Turner, D.; Lane, D.; Krajci, T. "Deep Infrared ZAMS Fits to Benchmark Open Clusters Hosting delta Scuti Stars", JAAVSO, 2011
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