Libra


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Libra, the Scales, corresponds to the seventh zodiacal constellation. While distinct in Babylonian tradition, it got absorbed into Scorpius (as its claws) in Greece and only Romans gave it its indepenndence again. Since antiquity the Scales were always associated with justice.


Large globular NGC5897 is the brightest deep sky object in this constellation.


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