The Big Dipper is upside down in our northern sky this evening. To the south of the dipper’s handle are some faint stars that form the constellation of Coma Berenices, or Berenice's Hair. Most star patterns are from mythology, but this one is based on a true story. Berenice was the wife of one of the Ptolemies of Egypt. Just before a great battle, she promised to cut off her hair and offer it to the gods if Ptolemy should win. He did, and she did. Then somebody stole the hair from the temple - a classic case of hair today and gone tomorrow - Ptolemy was angry; he grabbed his men by the head and shoulders and told them to comb the palace until they found the hair; some of them tried to give him the brush-off, but one man made up a bald-faced lie when he pointed to this part of the sky and declared that Berenice’s hair had risen up to the heavens to commemorate the occasion. So as a result, Berenice's Hair became a permanent constellation, all because of some great hair-raising battle from long ago.