Libra as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by www.RareMaps.com — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.
|Libra Constellation Profile
|Location: Southern Hemisphere
||Size/Area: 538 sq. deg.
||Size Rank: 29
|On Meridian: 9pm June 20th
||Best View (North): Spring
||Best View (South):
|Bordering Constellations: Serpens Caput, Virgo, Hydra, Centaurus, Lupus, Scorpius, Ophiuchus
The Myth Behind the Constellation Libra
The stars of Libra, “The Scales”, originally belonged to the constellation Scorpius and depicted its claws. Later, during the time of the ancient Romans, these stars became their own star group and came to represent the scales held by Themis, the Greek goddess of justice.
Libra is a member of the zodiac.
Libra Constellation Points of Interest
Interesting stars and objects.
Bright Stars in Libra
These are the stars in Libra with a minimum magnitude of 3.0.