Lib - Libra the Balance

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Intro and Visual description

Libra is the only inanimate object in the zodiac. Originally comprised the claws of the Scorpion, but was detached from Scorpius by the Romans to represent the vernal equinox. Has also been associated with the scales held by the goddess of justice. Libra is included in the ancient star catalog of Ptolemy, and known as the Claws of the Scorpion in the catlogs of Eudoxos of Knidos and Aratos of Soli.

Alpha Librae is a double-star resolvable by binoculars.


Constellation Info

Abbr: Lib

Genitive: Librae

Size: 29 of 88

RA: 15 hours

Evening culmination (9 pm): June

Midnight Culmination: May

Decl: -15 degrees

Entirely visible from: S of 60° latitude

Partially visible from: N of 60° latitude

Not visible at all from: nowhere


Bordering constellations:

Constellation - Names

Arabic: الميزان

Babylonian: RÍN

Babylonian translation: Balance

Chinese: 天秤座

English: Balance

French: Balance

German: Waage

Greek: Ζυγός

Hebrew: מאזניים

Italian: Bilancia

Latin: Libra

Russian: Весы

Spanish: Libra, Balanza

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