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Meaning:Scales or Balance
Visible in Latitudes:65° thru -90°
Viewing Season:Spring
Best Seen In:June, 9:00 pm
Transit Date:May 5
Right Ascension:15.21 hours
Declination:-15.6 degrees
Area:538.052 sq. degrees

Star Diagram

Star Diagram: Libra

About Libra

The early Greeks did not recognize Libra as the scales, but included it as the claws of the scorpion. Credit is usually given to the Romans for creating this constellation as a sign of the autumnal equinox. The constellation first appeared in the Julian calendar in 46 B.C. The constellation appears again in 43 B.C. in which a comet appeared during the same year as Caesar's assassination. The writing indicates the comet took his soul to heaven; this comet may very well be the same one seen in 531, 1106 and 1680; its next apparition will be 2255.

The Egyptians, Hebrews, Persians and Syrians all had Libra on their planet spheres and called it the 'weigh beam' or scale beam. The Arabs followed the Greeks including it as part of the scorpions claws.

Named Stars

Zuben ElgenubiAlpha Lib
Zuben ElschemaliBeta Lib
Zuben ElakrabGamma Lib
Zuben ElakribiDelta Lib
BrachiumSigma Lib

Neighboring Constellations

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