The Scales

Abbreviation: Lib
Genitive: Librae
Origin: [antiquity]

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Libra is a member of the zodiac. This is one of the most ancient of constellations, harking back to Babylonia where it was known both as the scales and as the claws of the scorpion. It is the only zodiac sign which does not represent a living creature.

Notable Features

Designation Name Description
α2 Lib Zubenelgenubi The name of this star means 'the southern claw of the scorpion'…
β Lib Zubeneschamali …and the name of this star means 'the northern claw of the scorpion'. It is the brighter of the two named stars.
γ Lib Zubenelhakrabi
σ Lib Brachium This is the brightest star in the obsolete constellation Bufo.