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Libra is one of zodiac constellations in the southern hemisphere. Zubenelgenubi and Zubeneschamali, which sound like taken straight from “Star Wars”, are two brightest stars of Libra. Interestingly, the Constellation has three stars with planets and one of them, Gelise 585, is the most Earth-like of all planets known in the Universe. In 2008 a high-powered digital radio signal was sent towards Gelise 585 which should reach the planet in early 2029.
The Ancient Romans believed Libra to be a very favorable constellation, ensuring harmony and balance, primarily associated with equal length of night and day and balanced seasons. It was even said that the Moon was located in Libra when Rome was founded, which was to be a harbinger of the empire’s fortune.
Libra has always been associated with balance. About a thousand years before Christ, Babylonians used to call the constellation “The balance of heaven”. A subdued disposition is the distinctive feature of people born under the sign of Libra, for Libras are born and zodiac diplomats. People easily make friends with Libras, who stay committed for life. Libras are very intelligent, welcome changes and love luxury. Many Libras are involved in some sort of artistic or creative pursuits. Being very sociable they feel fulfilled in relationships.
Libra is a very mysterious constellation which has been inspiring scientists for years. A relatively small distance from our planet helped to discover many interesting celestial bodies of Libra. One of them is Gelise 585, a planet which may hold life. Moreover Libra contains the oldest known star in the Milky Way, estimated to be 13.6 billion years old!