n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Sky delights : balance your view through Libra

Volume 73, Issue 5_6
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



When the constellation Libra pops its head up above the eastern horizon it also brings the importance of balance to the fore. Balance has relevance to many things, not only to us as people, but also, and especially, to astronomy. Is our inclination not frequently to seek out only the bright deep-sky objects whether with a telescope, binoculars or the naked eye, while so many of the fainter objects are pushed aside? And this is where, when a balance is maintained, we can be surprised by the results. Libra is located just north of the better known constellation Scorpius. The stars currently making up the constellation were first characterised by Eratosthenes as the pinchers or claws of the Scorpius shape.

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