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Libra

The Balance, The Scales

GenitiveLibrae
AbbreviationLib
Constellation FamilyZodiac
Celestial QuadrantSQ3
Right Ascension14h23 to 16h03
Declination-0.6° to -30.1°
Area (sq deg)538
Brightest StarZubeneschamli
Optimum VisibilityMay / June
NotesA pattern of relatively faint stars (even the brightest, Zubeneschemali, is only of third magnitude). Libra lies on the Ecliptic, meaning that the Sun and planets of the Solar System periodically pass through this region of the sky. The Sun travels through Libra in November each year, meaning that the constellation is at its most visible during May or June.
Map of Libra

Libra is a relatively unspectacular constellation in comparison with many of the other zodiacal groups. It is said to have been included in the zodiac as a tribute to the justice of Julius Caesar.

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