Zodiac Constellation Libra
We call the zodiacal constellation in the southernhemisphere of the night sky. The Latin name is "libra". Ancient Sumerians called the constellation Zib-Ba An-Na, which means "balance of Heaven". The constellation of Libra is between the constellations of Scorpio and Virgo. By the way, in Babylonian astronomy, his sign was represented in the form of claws of a scorpion. However, there was an error in translating from Arabic the word "zubana" and the Akkadian word "zibanitu", both of which can mean both "scales" and "scorpion". It has the shape of a scorpion suspended upside down, and was known as the "Scorpion's claw" until the 1st century BC, was never identified earlier as the constellation of Libra.
In addition, it was suggested that this signThe zodiac, as if hinting at the fact that when the Sun enters this part of the ecliptic, the autumnal equinox comes. In Egyptian ancient mythology, the constellation of Libra, they are the "Balance of Truth" and "The Last Judgment", date back to the Egyptian rituals of the afterlife, in which they are used to weigh the souls of the deceased. In addition, they are associated with the goddess Maat, as the main ancient Egyptian deity, which had to do with this constellation. She was the daughter of Ra and patronized the truth, justice and universal harmony.
In Greek mythology, Libra is a constellation,It is the Golden Chariot of Pluto, harnessed by four black horses. Once, after visiting the afterworld in his chariot, Pluto saw Persephone, the daughter of the god Zeus and Demeter, the goddess of fertility. The story of the abduction of Pluto Persephone is a well-known Greek myth that embodies the vegetation that wakes up in the spring, giving offs and escaping into the earth after harvest.
Ancient Roman legends ascribe the appearancethe constellation of Libra to Emperor Augustus, who was famous for his justice. In gratitude to the great figure, subjects immortalized his name, calling this sign of the Zodiac in memory of Augustus' justice.
Today, the sign is depicted as a scales held by Themis, the Greek goddess of justice, thus associating with the neighboring constellation of the Virgin.
This is the only sign of the Zodiac that does not represent a living nature.
The constellation of Libra covers an area of 538 squaredegrees and contains three stars with known planets. It can be seen at latitudes between +65 ° and -90 °, and it is best seen at 9 pm during June. In stellar astrology, the Sun passes through Libra between October 16 and November 15, and in tropical astrology it is considered in this sign between September 23 and October 23.
The constellation of Libra, the photo of which you see above, is nothas bright galaxies, but there is one that may be of interest to observers. A large telescope can be seen spiral galaxy NGC 5885, with a magnitude of 11.7, located next to Beta Libra. It is also home to the Gliese 581C, the first exoplanet that was discovered moving along the orbit of its parent star, the red dwarf Gliese 581, within the inhabited zone of the star. This earth-type planet was found in 2007. Another planet revolving around the same star, Gliese 581e, is an exoplanet with the smallest mass, is found rotating around a normal star.