Libra: The Balance


Libra, The Balance

Libra as depicted by Johann Bayer in his Uranometria (1603). Source image provided by — Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps Inc.

Libra Constellation Profile
Abbreviation: Lib Genitive: Librae Origin: Ancient
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.

Name Bayer Name Magnitude Color Luminosity Distance
Zubeneschamali Beta Librae 2.61  Blue-White 270 suns 160 ly
Zubenelgenubi Alpha Librae 2.75  White 41 suns 77 ly