Libra

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Abbreviation:  Lib
English Name:  The Scales
Genitive: Zubenelgenubi
Hemisphere:  Southern Hemisphere
Location: Between the constellations of Scorpius and Virgo.
Visible between latitudes:  +65 and -90 degrees
Best season: Summer
Seen in three seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Best seen in: June
Seen between: May and July
Right Ascension (RA): 15 hour
Declination (DEC): -15 degrees
Area (square degrees):  538 square degrees (29th)

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Libra (The Scales)

  • Libra is easy to find by leading a line westward; the bright star of Antares (orange star) in the constellation of Scorpius across the sky.
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  • A constellation of the zodiac, Libra lies just south of the celestial equator and ecliptic across, just below the brightest star, Zubenelgenubi, between Scorpion and Virgo.
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  • Zubenelgenubi (The Southern Claw or Alpha Librae) is a wide double star, can be seen its separated by binoculars or even good eyesight.

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Messier Objects in Libra

No Messier objects in Libra.
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More objects in Libra

Select CatalogNo of Objects
Barnard (B)0x object
Caldwell (C)0x object
Collinder (Cr)0x object
New General Catalogue (NGC)57x objects
Index Catalogue (IC)19x objects
Sharpless (Sh2)0x object

Features of Interest

  • NGC 5897 – only one bright Globular Cluster, but one of the less concentrated clusters that are known – must be a clear night and dark skies to be able seeing with a pair of binocular 10×50.

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Named Stars

  • Zubenelgenubi (Alpha 2 Lib)
  • Zubenelschemali (Beta Lib)
  • Zubenelakrab (Gamma Lib)
  • Zubenelakribi (Delta Lib)
  • Brachium (Sigma Lib)
  • more list of stars in Libra

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IAU Sky Chart: Libra


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Constellations – Visible from the UK

AndromedaAquariusAquilaAriesAuriga
BoötesCamelopardalisCancerCanes VenaticiCanis Major
Canis MinorCapricornusCassiopeiaCepheusComa Berenices
Corona BorealisCygnusDelphinusDracoEquuleus
GeminiHerculesLacertaLeoLeo Minor
LibraLynx LyraMonocerosOphiuchus
OrionPegasusPerseusPiscesSagitta
Serpens CaputSerpens CaudaSextansTaurusTriangulum
Ursa MajorUrsa MinorVirgoVulpecula
(44 constellations above are visible from the United Kingdom.)

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Parts visible from the UK

AntliaColumbaEridanusFornaxMicroscopium
Piscis AustrinusPuppisPyxisSagittariusScorpius
(10 constellations above are partially visible from the United Kingdom.)

(Only 10 of them even in part from the United Kingdom.)

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Constellations: Southern Celestial Hemisphere
…..never seen from the UK

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