Milky Way Images

*Astronomical Images for Inspiration and Education *


Item number DS407 - Libra

This inkjet print is 16 " by 20" in size, printed on quality photo paper. Ready for mounting or framing.

Regular Retail Price=$ 20.00

Libra, The Balance or The Scales

Libra is a faint constellation, especially when compared to its neighbor Scorpius, to the east. In ancient times, the Sun was in Libra at the time of the Autumnal Equinox, marking equal hours of daylight and darkness. The Greeks saw this grouping of stars as part of Scorpius, but the Romans added it to their mythological sky around the time of the death of Julius Caesar. Other ancient cultures saw this as a balance beam. It has the distinction of being the only zodiacal constellation that is named for an inanimate object.