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Rabu, 09 April 2008

Libra (The Scales)

bbreviation: Lib
Genitive: Librae
Right Ascension: 15.21 hours
Declination: -15.59 degrees

Libra, the Scales, can be found between Scorpius and Virgo, Libra is the age old symbol of justice, harmony and balance.

It is interesting that to the Italians, French, Germans, Anglo-Saxons, and Romans the constellation was the scales.

The early Greeks did not recognize Libra as the scales, but included it as the claws of the scorpion. Credit is usually given to the Romans for creating this constellation as a sign of the autumnal equinox. The constellation first appeared in the Julian calendar in 46 B.C. The constellation appears again in 43 B.C. in which a comet appeared during the same year as Caesar's assassination, the writing indicates the comet took his soul to heaven, this comet may very well be the same one seen in 531, 1106 and 1680; its next apparition will be 2255.

However, the Egyptians, Hebrews, Persians and Syrians all had it on their planetspheres and called the constellation the 'weigh beam' or scale beam. The Arabs followed the greeks including it as part of the scorpions claws.


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