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Libra: Libra is a constellation of the zodiac and is located in the Southern celestial hemisphere. Its name means weighing scales and its old astronomical symbol is (??).
Stars of Libra: Libra has no first magnitude stars and lies between Virgo and Scorpius. The brightest stars in Libra form a quadrangle that represents the scales' balance beam and weighing pans. Some of the stars have Arabic names that refer to the scorpion's claws, reflecting Libra's ancient association with Scorpius.
History and Mythology: Libra was known in Babylonian astronomy as the scales or balance, sacred to the sun god Shamash. It was also seen as the scorpion's claws in ancient Greece and by some Semitic cultures. Libra became a constellation in ancient Rome, when it began to represent the scales held by Astraea, the goddess of justice, associated with Virgo.
Astronomical Features: Libra is home to the Gliese 581 planetary system, which has several candidates for habitable planets. Libra also contains one bright globular cluster, NGC 5897, and a galaxy, IC 1059. The Sun appears in Libra from October 31 to November 22.
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