Libra, the Scales, is a lopsided box that lies toward the upper right. The upper part of Scorpius is seen in the lower left hand corner, dominated by bright Antares. The three near-vertical stars up and to the right of Antares make the Scorpion's head. Libra is best noted by the two modestly bright stars toward the upper right hand corner that represent the Scorpion's outstretched claws, Zubenelgenubi (the southern claw) near the right center edge, Zubeneschamali (the northern claw) at the top (Delta Lib to the right of it, Gamma down and to the left of it). Zubenhakrabi (a lesser-known "claw," which was at one time part of Scorpius and known as Gamma Scorpii) is near the lower right corner. Iota-1 and 2 are the stellar pair to the right of center. Go back to Libra.

To see a labelled image, push the star:

Libra has a star with an orbiting PLANET.

By Jim Kaler. Return to STARS.