Libra represents those born from September 23—October 22. Libra is the seventh Zodiac sign of the year, right after Virgo.
Myth and Legend: Way back in ancient times, the Libra constellation was known as the claws… of the scorpion! But that dramatic description fell out of favor and the constellation over time became known as simply, ‘The Scales,’ meaning justice, balance and harmony. It’s related to the Virgo constellation. Virgo is shown as a beautiful young woman —and often the Goddess Astraea— who carries the scales of justice in her hands: Those scales are the Libra constellation. Libra is also visible in the Autumn/Fall equinox, when the days and nights are of equal length and so in balance.
Do we think this collection of stars actually looks like a pair of scales? The top maybe? Although you have to imagine the weighing scales at the bottom. Personally, I think it most resembles an unfinished tetrahedron, but where’s the myth in a geometric shape?
Libra is not a dramatic constellation. If you can find the nearby bright stars of Spica and Antares, you can then see the fainter stars in Libra. The most visible star in Libra is the crazily named Zubeneschamail, Beta Librae! Then there is Apha Librae and Gamma Librae. These three stars make up the upper part of the scale.
The best viewing time for the Libra constellation is in June at around 9pm; between latitudes + 65° and – 90° in the northern hemisphere. If you live in the southern hemisphere, look for the Libra constellation in the autumn/fall and winter. Use a star map as a guide and a knowledgeable star gazer to assist you.
Extra Fun Fact: Libra means “the weighing scales” in Latin. The scales are held by the Roman Goddess, Astraea (Dike in Greek Mythology).
Next Post—Curious about Scorpio, (October 23 – November 21). The Story of Scorpio and How to spot this Constellation in the Night Sky.
Evonne Blanchard is the author of, ‘Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace and ‘Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage. These are the first two books in, ‘Amelia’s Amazing Space Adventures,’ an exciting series of ten books set in outer space (for children ages 5-9).
Ever wondered if aliens exist? What if one needed your help? Would you travel to outer space? For the adventures… of a lifetime!
Book One: Amelia, the Moochins and the Sapphire Palace
When is a present not a present? When it’s a friendly purple alien called Uglesnoo, from the planet Pluto! Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon. Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help. Should Amelia venture into outer Space?
“Appealing Illustrations combine with lots of text to make this a great read for children transitioning from picture books to chapter books.” – Kirkus Reviews
“The story is imaginative and fun…and a perfect book to stretch my oldest in his independent reading with something fun to keep his attention.” —Beautiful Books for Children
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Book Two: Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage
Uglesnoo needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. The only cure is a repelling crystal from Neptune. With his Earthling friend, Amelia, they must continue their quest. More items are needed to buy the crystal. But Venus is full of danger and angry aliens. Are Uglesnoo and Amelia in over their heads?
“A lively sequel offers a sure-handed blend of fantasy, humor, adventure, and an ingenious heroine.” Kirkus Reviews
5/5 star rating! “Amelia, the Venutons and the Golden Cage is a wonderful children’s book that will allow your kids to get started in the Sci-Fi genre… The story is intriguing and well thought out. All in all, the author did a great job of creating an engaging story that kept my kids interested. We are definitely looking forward to the next book!”- Examiner.com
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