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Constellation Data

  • Name: LIBRA
  • Translation: Scales or Balance
  • Abbreviation: Lib
  • Genitive: Librae
  • Size: 29
  • Regions: Zodiac
  • Located Between: Virgo, Scorpius
  • RA: 15 hours
  • Decl: -15 degrees
  • Season: Spring
  • Midnight Culmination: May 9
  • Pages where LIBRA is discussed in Chet Raymo's 365 Starry Nights: 104

What is the Genitive form?
What is Right Ascension (RA)?
Is this constellation ever visible from my latitude? What is Declination?

Where should I look for a constellation on a date before or after its midnight culmination? What is Midnight Culmination?


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. It was added by Julius Ceaser at the time of the establishment of the Julian calandar.


Libra is the only inanimate object in the zodiac.

[star chart]

Star chart created with Voyager II Software for Macintosh, published by Carina Software. This is just a taste of what Voyager can do! For info on Voyager II software, call Carina Software at (510) 355-1266, write them at 12919 Alcosta Blvd Suite #7, San Ramon, CA 94583, or visit Carina Software's home page and check out Voyager II for yourself.

Special Stars

Alpha Librae is a double-star resolvable by binoculars.

Table of 25 Brightest Stars.
What is apparent stellar magnitude?

Discussed in these Shows

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